A Creek County couple is behind bars after an alleged shoplifting spree almost turned deadly. One off-duty Sheriff's Deputy had not one, but two run-ins with the alleged shoplifters. News on 6 anchor Jennifer Loren says he's thankful their relationship came full circle.
Deputy Scott Forrester says he stopped by the Sapulpa Wal-Mart Friday on his way home from work. Thatâ€™s when a Wal-Mart employee told him a couple was trying to roll a big screen TV covered with coats, right out the garden center doors.
"And I say what do they look like and what were they wearing? And the girl says that's them right there! They were walking out the door," Deputy Forrester said.
Forrester says he got into a scuffle with the man as he tried to stop them, but they got away. Forrester says the woman then tried to run over him with a truck.
"Then she just takes off. I mean I had to dive out of the way to keep from being run over. So I went home that night, I wasn't happy. But I got to go home," Forrester said.
Then on Saturday, their busiest day of the year, Forrester went to work security at Atwoods. Thatâ€™s when another deputy spotted the suspects' truck in the Atwoodsâ€™ parking lot.
"I says yeah that's it. The driverâ€™s side window is missing out of it and you can see where I hit the back glass. And he said they're in the store," Forrester said.
Surveillance video shows the couple entering the store, then Sapulpa Police and Creek County Sheriffâ€™s deputies taking them out in handcuffs.
Deputies say the husband gave up peacefully. But the wife put up a fight all the way through the store, and all the way out into the parking lot where they ultimately had to taser her to get her under control. That's when deputies discovered what most likely spurred the couple's crime spree: Methamphetamine.
Deputies also found two boxes of shotgun shells, six cans of spray paint and five packages of hand warmers in the woman's purse, all of them stolen from Atwoods.
The couple is charged with assault with a deadly weapon.