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Police initiate pursuit after serial shoplifter spotted in Parma

North Olmsted suspects
Posted at 11:17 PM, Feb 15, 2020

PARMA, Ohio — A serial shoplifter sparked a police pursuit in Parma Saturday evening, according to Parma police.

On Thursday, a woman was caught on camera shoplifting from Dillard’s at Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted. Her getaway driver struck a North Olmsted officer and fled the scene in a gray Kia Sportage. The officer was transported to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries.

The man who drove the getaway car was seen shoplifting at Kohl’s in Parma Saturday evening, according to police.

Officers spotted the Kia on West 130th Street and initiated a pursuit.

Police followed the vehicle into Cleveland but when the driver became reckless, officers called off the pursuit to avoid putting the public in danger.

The pursuit lasted around seven minutes, according to police.

Police are still working to identify the two suspects.

Alleged shoplifter
Another image of the alleged shoplifter.
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Alleged getaway driver.

Police said the Kia may have a stolen dealer plate: 003ADK.

Anyone who recognizes the woman, the man or sees the vehicle is asked to call North Olmsted police at 440-777-1234.

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