A man who allegedly shoplifted a television from an Aiken store fled after police initiated a traffic stop on him and his accused accomplice, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.


Police were told that a white Toyota Corolla had fled the Wal-Mart on Richland Avenue at about 10 p.m. Monday after a man in the car allegedly took a TV from the store, according to an incident report. Officers pulled the car over on University Parkway and saw a large TV in the back seat.


The driver, 32-year-old Valicia Jordan of Augusta, was ordered out of the car and detained, police said. An officer was walking toward the back corner of the vehicle when the passenger climbed over the center console, put the vehicle in drive and left the scene, turning onto Trolley Line Road.


Jordan said she only knows the suspect as Maurice, and knows him through his girlfriend, police said. Jordan told officers she picked Maurice up on 15th Street in Augusta and drove him to Aiken ďto pick something up from his girlfriend at work.Ē


Jordan said she dropped Maurice off at the grocery entrance to Wal-Mart and that he was in the store for about 10 minutes, the report stated. He exited the store with a TV and told Jordan ďto go and get out of the parking lot.Ē


A loss prevention officer told police the male suspect pushed the $400 TV out of the store in a cart and was picked up by Jordan in the white Toyota Corolla, police said. Jordan reportedly helped him load the TV into the car.


Alleged shoplifter flees after police stop