Conyers Police officers were able to capture a shoplifting suspect who initially fled from police late Wednesday near Target and the Village at Millers Chapel shopping area.
Conyers Police Officers flooded the area around the Village at Millers Chapel late Wednesday afternoon setting up a perimeter to block in a fleeing suspect.
Conyers dispatchers received a call from Ross Dress for Less to report a shoplifter exiting the store. The business was able to provide a description of the suspect's vehicle. The first officer on scene was able to locate the suspect vehicle which was unoccupied. Moments later, the shoplifting suspect approached and then quickly ran into the heavily wooded area just north of the Publix shopping center.
Officers quickly set up a perimeter surrounding the location the suspect was last seen and began searching through the dense foliage, creek beds, and briar patches.
After being initially unable to locate the hiding suspect, two of Conyers' Special Response Team (SRT) members "bedded down" to lie in wait for the suspect to emerge.
Approximately four hours after the initial call, the suspect, thinking all officers had left the area, emerged to find Officers Gonzalez and Cook waiting on him and was placed under arrest.
Eddie Eugene Temple III, 23, of Stone Mountain was arrested without further incident and charged with Theft by Shoplifting and Willful Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officers.
Temple was also wanted out of DeKalb County for Probation Violation and has a history of theft and obstruction charges.