Police: Rock Hill Target shoplifters bit worker, hid in trunk of car

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comApril 23, 2013 

— Two Rock Hill sisters face shoplifting and assault charges after police say they stole from Target and then fled to a gas station before one hid in the trunk of a car and the other bit a store employee Monday.

At about 6:30 p.m., police searched the area between Dave Lyle Boulevard and Tinsley Way after receiving word of two women who shoplifted from Target and then ran toward the gas station on Tinsley Way, according to a Rock Hill Police report.

An officer saw Ladorea White, 32, and her sister, Damaria White, 29, walking behind the gas station’s garbage bin, the report states. Police approached both women and managed to detain Ladorea White, but Damaria White took off running.

Ladorea White struggled with officers and had to be taken to the ground before she was handcuffed, the report states. A bystander told police that Damaria White got into a green Ford Taurus that drove off.

Officers found the Taurus, made a traffic stop and spoke with the front-seat passenger, who said she had nothing to do with the Target theft, according to the report. She said Damaria White jumped into her backseat and said, “Go, go, go,” before she hid in the trunk of the car.

An officer opened the trunk and found Damaria White inside, the report states.

The driver didn't know Damaria White, but a passenger did, said Rock Hill Police Executive Officer Mark Bollinger. When Damaria White saw them, she flagged them down for a ride.

Once in the car, she pulled down the back seat of the Taurus and climbed into the trunk, Bollinger said.

Police took both sisters back to Target at the Manchester Village Shopping Center to identify them, the report states. They found two shirts worth $50 in Ladorea White’s purse, and a baby bottle and accessories worth $34 in Damaria White’s purse.

The loss prevention officer told police that he tried to stop Ladorea White while she was shoplifting but she bit him on his left arm, breaking into his skin, according to the report.

The store employee went to Piedmont Medical Center for evaluation, where doctors gave him shots and antibiotics, said a victim's advocate during Ladorea White's Tuesday afternoon bond hearing.

"The injuries you're charged with caused a great deal of difficulty for this gentleman who was doing his job," said Rock Hill Magistrate Ray Long before setting Ladorea White's bond at $28,000.

She is charged with second-degree assault and battery, shoplifting and driving under suspension after police learned her license was suspended when she initially drove her sister to Target.

Damaria White was charged with shoplifting. Police learned that she also had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting in Lancaster. She received a $1,000 bond Tuesday morning before she was taken to the Lancaster County Detention Center, where she received a $5,000 bond.

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