Two women who admitted to being part of an organized theft ring surrendered to Slidell Police Wednesday after stealing more than $1,000 in liquor from Wal-Mart and leading offices on a vehicle and foot chase.
Rhonda Fields, 40, of Bogalusa, and Kristina Cleland, 25, of Angie, were spotted leaving the Wal-Mart on Natchez Drive with a basket full of stolen liquor, police said. A Slidell Police detective working an off-duty detail attempted to stop them, but they fled in their vehicle. During the chase, Fields jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area.
The detective continued chasing the vehicle and notified other officers about Fields. Cleland ended up on a dead end street in French Branch neighborhood, turned around and tried to ram her vehicle into the Slidell Police units chasing her but finally surrendered.
At the same time, K-9 Scout and his handler, Officer Justin Stokes, began tracking Fields, locating her in a wooded area near Malbrough Drive. Fields surrendered and was treated for minor injuries to her leg that she got when jumping out of the vehicle.
Police said that Fields and Cleland admitted to being part of an organized theft ring that has been hitting stores in Slidell and selling stolen goods for cash. Fields had an active warrant for stealing from Burkes Outlet in July of 2014.
Fields will be charged with theft over $1,000, resisting an officer, possession of stolen property and an outstanding warrant for theft under $500.
Cleland will be charged with theft over $1,000, aggravated flight from an officer and possession of stolen property.