LAKE WYLIE — A teenage shoplifting suspect fought with deputies after she allegedly stole $350 worth of toys and cell phones from a Lake Wylie Walmart and flushed the packaging down a toilet, causing it to overflow on Tuesday, authorities say.
Deputies were sent to the Walmart on Charlotte Highway after the store’s manager reported that Lexis Bass, 18, took merchandise to the bathroom without paying for it, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. A deputy confronted Bass, who denied taking anything. When the deputy threatened to handcuff her, Bass told him that the items were in her purse. The deputy searched her purse and found two Hot Wheels, a Samsung Express cell phone, Nokia cell phone, chargers and cell phone SIM memory cards.
The manager told authorities that Bass took the items out of their packaging and then tried to flush the casing in the toilet, the report states. Instead, the toilet began to overflow. Bass tried to run away, but the deputy grabbed her. Kicking and screaming, Bass kept struggling with the officer until he took her to the ground and used pressure points until Bass placed her hands behind her back and was handcuffed.
As deputies escorted her outside, she continued to yell and scream and tried to pull away from a deputy, the report states. She was placed into a patrol car and began kicking against the glass barrier. Eventually, she calmed down and was taken to the York County Detention Center, where she was charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest. She was released on a $2,500 bond.