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VIDEO ADDED: Suspected shoplifters arrested after striking train

Police and members of the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit carry one of three suspects arrested in connection with an incident at a Lee County store Monday morning to a patrol car.

Police and members of the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit carry one of three suspects arrested in connection with an incident at a Lee County store Monday morning to a patrol car.

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Police and Albany Dougherty Drug Unit agents place handcuffs on one of three suspects arrested in connection with an incident at a Lee County store Monday morning.

ALBANY, Ga. -- A man who was already wanted for violating probation by shoplifting led police on a brief chase Monday morning before his vehicle struck a train.

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Major Bill Berry, head of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, said Monday that Nathaniel Johnson, who is also known as Nathaniel Smith, faces a plethora of charges that include fleeing or attempting to elude police and obstruction of police.

Johnson bailed out of the maroon van that Berry says he was driving after an ADDU agent and a Dougherty County Police H.E.A.T. car attempted to pull him over.

Berry said the van ran off the pavement and onto the railroad tracks before hitting a train.

Johnson has been taken to the Dougherty County Jail.

The Monday morning events started miles away at the Dollar General on Philema Road in Lee County, Berry said, when, according to a witness, the man and a woman, who was also in the van, stole items from the store and fled the area.

The witness called police and initially reported the incident as a robbery, which prompted the other agencies to get involved. The witness followed the vehicle as it came into Dougherty County.

"We looked at the (dash cam) video and you can see the witness driving behind the suspect vehicle and literally pointing at it as the marked unit came up the hill on Jefferson," Berry said.

The woman, who wasn't identified, was taken to Lee County for questioning about the shoplifting.

A third man, who was placed into custody at the scene, was later released. Berry said he was simply "at the wrong place at the wrong time."

In addition to a bag of Chex Mix that was believed stolen from the Dollar General, police also found a plastic container that had several wrapped shirts, socks and other items.

Chief Lewis Harris praised the witness who called in the incident.

"It's always nice to have the community get involved, and we always encourage people if they see something to call it in," Harris said. "If we can get them to call, it's a good thing."

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

The Witness is my Hero. We need more Heroes like this. It's a shame he is afraid to give his name (justifiably so.....) because of fear of reprisals by the Entitlement Community.

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KaosinAlbany 1 year, 7 months ago

As more and more businesses leave Albany for Lee Co. you are going to see more of this kind of stuff in Lee Co.

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RedEric 1 year, 7 months ago

Right! Because as Willie Sutton said " that is where the money is."

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VSU 1 year, 7 months ago

Yoy can't run away from crime, they are going to nail you no matter where you are.

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RedEric 1 year, 7 months ago

Wel I agree with in heart, but there are an awfull lot of people walking the streets in Albany with nails in them.

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albanyherald1 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm glad these folks are off the streets, but it worries me that this witness didn't have all the facts when he called it in as a robbery, prompting a police chase with all of these cars from all of these agencies. Over a bag of Chex Mix and "possibly" some shirts and underwear? Don't get me wrong, they were deserving of jail, but folks have to be careful when they try to play police.

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VietVet1 1 year, 7 months ago

Theft is theft - a thief is a low life and should be delt with. Nathaniel Johnson/Smith "already wanted for violating probation by shoplifting" must have made his mother proud, yet again.

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