Meet Lonneshia Shafaye Appling – the 340-pound, 26-year-old woman was recently busted with a bag of pilfered goodies outside an Athens Piggly Wiggly supermarket.
According to the charging documents, another customer inside the store informed employees that she had witnessed Appling concealing numerous grocery items in a canvas bag as she perused the aisles.
When Appling approached the cash register and placed just one item on the belt, the employee questioned her about the other items allegedly concealed in her bag. And with that, Appling made a mad dash for the exit.
Employee Johnathon Orr was right on her heels, though, and when he attempted to stop the heifer from leaving the premises, he was rewarded with a dose of pepper spray to the face. When that didn’t take Orr down, Appling reportedly delivered a right hook and a loogie.
Appling soon made her exit, leaving a cloud of pepper spray and a trail of beer cans in her wake.
Responding to the 911 call, one officer reported seeing “a very large black female in a purple dress standing there screaming at two store employees” who had followed her outside the store. Not a distressed-type scream, he added, but more of a taunting/provoking scream. Said officer also reported he had choked when he entered the store because there air was still heavy with pepper spray. (Police said there was so much residual pepper spray, firefighters later had to ventilate the store with fans).
Police inventoried the items in the woman’s canvas bag and found five packages of cheese; eight cans of Coors Light; vegetable oil; chicken wings; and five packages of bacon. The pilfered items totaled about $88.
While being booked, Appling reportedly told one officer to go ahead and add whatever charges he wanted because “she was going to plea bargain and half of the charges would be dropped anyway.” She also requested that he make his report “more interesting” so that her arrest would make the local police blotter. Furthermore, she added, store employees shouldn’t chase people like that… they could get hurt.
Appling has been charged with felony theft by shoplifting… not because of the value of the items she tried to steal, police said, but because she had more than three previous shoplifting convictions. She’s also facing charges of aggravated assault, simple battery, disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law enforcement officer, and has active arrest warrants in at least three counties.
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