NWGA Scanner | September 29th, 2022

Tunnel Hill woman brings meth into jail after shoplifting from Walmart and running on foot from Dalton PD

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On September 18th, 2022, at 8:36 PM, Officer O’Neal was dispatched to 815 Shugart Road the Walmart regarding a female subject, later identified as Candra Danielle Smith, 30, of Tunnel Hill, shoplifting. Officer O’Neal reported, “As [I] arrived, [I] parked in front on the south side, and [I] was informed Smith was not cooperating with the loss prevention associate as he tried to stop her after passing all points of sale. She started to run away from him out the last doors and straight into the parking lot. [I] observed Smith running full speed while pushing a cart in one of the parking lot rows. [I] ran after her, and as [I] got next to her one row over, [I] stated, “Stop, police!” she looked at me, let go of the shopping cart and her purse, then ran a little more before [I] crossed over and caught her.” Smith immediately started to cry, and while saying it was all in the purse, don’t arrest me. Smith was escorted back to the Walmart loss prevention office. While in the office, she kept pleading with the officer not to arrest her and let her go. She stated she was very sorry and that she would not do it again. Officer Gilreath and Lt. Bishop also arrived to assist. The associate pulled two pairs of pants and a pair of leggings out of the purse. Officer then observed the video of the shoplifting. Smith also shoplifted a set of Bluetooth earbuds. The total value of the items shoplifted was $71.78. Smith asked officers to take off the handcuffs and just let her go. Officer O’Neal told her no. Lt. Bishop found her ID card in her wallet in her purse. Officers also located a plastic container containing meth. Smith then admitted to shoplifting and stated she did not have any money. When asked about the meth, she stated the purse was not hers. She borrowed it about a week ago from a friend. Smith was transported to the Whitfield County Jail to be booked on possession of meth, possession of drug-related objects, obstruction, and shoplifting. According to the report, Whitfield County Jail Detention Officers Hernandez and Taylor were conducting a drug search on Smith. When she was taking off her bra, she reached up and grabbed two plastic baggies containing meth and clenched them tightly in her hands. Smith was additionally charged with felony crossing the guard line with drug-related objects, and felony possession of meth.