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Suspects in store thefts lead police on 11-mile chase

WYOMISSING, Pa. - Two Philadelphia women are behind bars in Berks County after, police said, they shoplifted from multiples stores and then led officers on a chase that involved several drivers being run off the road.

Sheila Jenkins and Erica May stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from The Children's Place, Charming Charlie, and the Express Store at the Shoppes at Wyomissing on Woodland Road on Sunday, police said.

When the women were confronted, they took off in a minivan and led officers on an 11-mile pursuit, running 10 cars off the road and failing to stop for six red lights and four stop signs along the way, according to police, who ultimately managed to stop the women by using a device to deflate their tires.

May, 29, was charged with retail theft, receiving stolen property, fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, reckless driving, 10 counts of recklessly endangering another person, and multiple counts for the red light and stop sign violations. She was committed to the Berks County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Jenkins, 50, was charged with retail theft and receiving stolen property. Her bail was set at $20,000.


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