Shoplifters arrive at Flowood Court in stolen vehicles - - Jackson, MS

Shoplifters arrive at Flowood Court in stolen vehicles

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By Cheryl Lasseter - bio|email|twitter

FLOWOOD, MS (WLBT) - It's a crazy criminal caper that even the Flowood Police Chief can't help but laugh about.

"It's most ridiculous thing I've ever seen in my life," says Chief Johnny DeWitt.

On September 7, Owanda Osborne of Crystal Springs and Jennifer Wright of Jackson, both 29 years old, were caught shoplifting various items at Belk in Dogwood Festival Market.

On October 21, they appeared in the Flowood Municipal courtroom, and pleaded guilty to the charge. Judge Ken Fairly gave them each seven days to serve.

That's when things got hairy.

"During their procedure in court, one of our police officers, Lloyd Coulter, received a tip that both had come to court driving stolen vehicles," Chief DeWitt says. "They were waiting to be transported to serve their time, and yes, they got a tap on the shoulder saying come with me."

Osborne and Wright found themselves arrested again, this time for one count each of felony possession of a stolen vehicle. One of them had cruised to court in a sparkling Acura, stolen out of Ridgeland. The other sailed up in a swanky Toyota 4-Runner, stolen from Vicksburg.

Before pinning them with the crime, investigators had to collect evidence. "There was an announcement made, if you have a vehicle parked out front, we need you to move it. Both ladies went out, got in their vehicles they came to court in. That's how it was determined they did drive those vehicles to court," DeWitt says.

"The whole process, from the time they arrived in court, pled guilty, were sentenced to seven days, then subsequently arrested for receiving stolen property, was about a two-hour period," he adds. "I've never seen anything like that. I've seen some dumb crooks in 25 years of law enforcement, but this takes the cake."

The evidence in the cases will be presented to a grand jury.  

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