Shoplifting arrest leads to felony charge at local business

Picayune Police was dispatched to a local business on January 2, 2019, on a report of shoplifting by a business on Frontage Road according to Assistant Police Chief Jeremy Magri.

While on his way to the business, the patrol officer was given the description of the female suspect, later identified as Mary Rushing, age 32, of 113 Villa Lane, Picayune. When the officer arrived, he observed a female who matched the description of Rushing walking in the parking lot. The officer approached Rushing and escorted her back inside the store to the loss prevention department.

While speaking with the loss prevention officer, it was learned that Rushing had allegedly taken a pair of shoes (valued at $9.98) from a rack and put them on her feet replacing her shoes and then she exited the store. At this time, Rushing was taken into custody for the charge of Shoplifting.

The patrol officer conducted a search of her bag and located seven (7) clear plastic bags containing an off-white substance believed to be Crystal Methamphetamine, two (2) glass pipes commonly used to inhale a narcotic, and eleven (11) empty plastic baggies that were cut and shaped to be used in the packaging and distribution of narcotics according to Magri.

At this time, Rushing was also charged with Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Paraphernalia, transported to the Criminal Justice Center, and incarcerated.

@WRJW