Shoplifters allegedly caught vandalizing merchandise in Murfreesboro

Oct 11, 2022 at 10:17 pm by WGNS News

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Two shoplifters caused a disturbance inside the Old Fort Parkway Walmart, allegedly breaking bottles of wine and throwing packages of Halloween Cookies as loss prevention workers tried to detain them on Monday, October 10th.  Authorities say the shoplifters also approached Murfreesboro Police Officers yelling, screaming, and resisting arrest.

A release from the MPD stated, “As officers arrived to investigate, Toilynn Flakes, 38, continued knocking over and breaking bottles of wine and tossing cookies.  They gave commands to stop, and she failed to do so.  Officers then restrained the woman by using soft open-hand techniques, placing her on the floor to cuff her.  Flakes is charged with resisting arrest, theft, vandalism, and simple assault.”


A 17-year-old female is also accused of resisting arrest and was eventually taken into custody.  The teen is charged with resisting arrest and theft.

The preliminary investigation reveals the females paid for grocery items. However, they are accused of concealing approximately $670.64 worth of clothing and other items before trying to leave the store without paying.  That’s when they were confronted by Walmart Loss Prevention workers.  MPD Public Information Officer Larry Flowers said, “Flakes assaulted one of the workers.”

Flakes has been released on a $4,000 bond from the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center.  A hearing has been set for October 12th in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

The 17-year-old was taken to the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center where she was released into the custody of her parents. 

Flowers noted, “Both are trespassed from Walmart.” When someone is trespassed from a store or location, they are formally told not to return to that business. If they do return, they could face trespassing charges.  

Source: MPD

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