Quick arrests made after computer gear, TVs grabbed from Target store


A quick-thinking loss prevention employee and Broward Sheriff’s deputies were able to make two arrests within an hour of a theft at a Target store in Deerfield Beach, officials said Wednesday.

Surveillance video showed Jasmine Angelika McCartney, 25, of Pompano Beach, bypassing the checkout line and walking out the front door with a shopping cart overflowing with more than $2,000 worth of computer equipment and flat screen TVs, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

She left in such a hurry that she did not stop to pick up one of two TVs that fell from her cart, the video showed.

It happened about 8 a.m. Tuesday, in the Target store at 1200 S. Federal Hwy. Once outside, McCartney is seen on video loading the merchandise into a waiting gray Nissan before driving away.

The store’s loss prevention officer recognized McCartney as a repeat offender who had been in the store before, so the Broward Sheriff’s Office was called in, officials said.

About 40 minutes later, deputies found a gray Nissan, with a stolen license plate, parked in the 700 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue in Pompano Beach. When deputies approached the car, McCartney sped away, investigators said.

McCartney drove to a house in the 400 block of Northwest 10th Avenue and was arrested there.

Meanwhile, Tiffany Shanique Sharpe, 26, who investigators say was a passenger in the Nissan, got out and attempted to run away — but deputies caught her a short time later.

The stolen merchandise and illegal drugs were found inside the house where McCartney was arrested, according to the sheriff’s office.

She is facing 13 charges including grand theft, fleeing law enforcement and drug possession, and two unrelated robbery charges. During a court appearance Wednesday, McCartney’s bond was set at $17,850.

Sharpe’s charges included trespassing and resisting an officer. Her bond was $1,500, records showed.

wkroustan@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4303 or Twitter @WayneRoustan


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