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December 04, 2012ALPHARETTA, Ga. Four men led Alpharetta police on a chase Nov. 29 after allegedly "snatching and grabbing" clothing from several North Point Mall stores.
According to police, the men were at the Dillard's at the mall at 6 p.m. looking at polo shirts and "acting suspicious." One of the men would distract an employee while the others loaded sweaters and shirts into a large bag. The men then allegedly left the store without paying for the items. Employees tried to stop them, but the suspects got into a white Chevy Impala and drove off.
Police caught up with the suspect car near the intersection of Mansell Road and North Point and tried to pull the vehicle over. The car sped off onto the southbound on-ramp of Ga. 400, hitting two other cars in the process. The chase continued until the car exited at Holcomb Bridge Road.
"The suspects ran from the vehicle towards an extended stay hotel," said Alpharetta Police Spokesman George Gordon.
Sequan Lenard Williamson, 22, Dexter Lerenta Williamson, 19, and Reheem Littlejohn, 31, all from Atlanta were chased as they fled the vehicle and arrested. A search is underway for the fourth.
The Impala was reported as stolen several hours before the thefts from an Atlanta home. The registered owner fit the description of the fourth suspect, Isiah Jerrell Burt, 25, of Atlanta. Atlanta police later said the theft call was made in error. Inside the car were found dozens of stolen items from several stores, totaling several thousand dollars in value. All three of the caught suspects denied the thefts, saying Burt was the one who committed them.
The three men were charged with felony shoplifting, theft and obstruction. Dexter Williamson was also charged with fleeing police, two hit-and-runs, reckless driving, no headlights, driving without a license, failure to maintain lane and driving in an emergency lane.
All three men have several prior arrests in Atlanta.
"We always maintain a high police presence along the shopping corridor of North Point Parkway and throughout the city of Alpharetta," Gordon said. "This fact, coupled with excellent communication between the North Fulton police agencies, usually helps lead to a quick identification and capture of suspects who commit these types of property crimes."