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Police say 2 shoplifters turn into robbers at Wal-Mart

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

Two alleged shoplifters caught by Wal-Mart loss prevention officers put up a fight, biting and shoving the officers and turning a misdemeanor theft into a robbery, Decatur police said Thursday.

The incident took place outside Wal-Mart at 1 p.m. Wednesday, when Lisa Lowery and a fellow security officer approached a man and woman who allegedly had just stolen a DVD/videocassette recorder combo and a cushion, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Lindsey Helen Long, 19, and Stevon Jerome Ray, 35, both of Trinity, ran when confronted, Mathews said.

"When Lowery took hold of Long, Long bit her on the left bicep," Mathews said.

Ray became involved in a struggle with the other loss
prevention officer, Mathews said.

Second-degree robbery

Both were eventually detained. Detective Sgt. Chris Jones charged each with two counts of second-degree robbery.

Each also faces multiple charges of failing to appear in court.

Long and Ray will be transported to Morgan County Jail and each held in lieu of $2,500 bond.

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