Brooksville, Florida-- After a couple shoplifted from a Brooksville Bealls Outlet store and tried to get away, multiple citizens were able to help Hernando deputies track them down.
On Sunday, March 10, Jessica Lewis, 24, and John Schmitt, 31, were reportedly shopping around the store, when they came across a pair of pink children's Nike tennis shoes.
Instead of putting them in the cart, or taking them to the register to purchase them, reports say Lewis put them in her purse as Schmitt took a phone call outside.
Shortly after, Lewis also appeared to be on the phone as she walked out of the store- with the shoes still reportedly in her purse.
The duo drove to a nearby McDonald's, and that's where officials say deputies approached them, but Schmitt got out of the car and ran away before they could say anything.
From that point, citizens played a big role in helping officials catch him. The first tip came from a woman in the drive-thru who saw Schmitt cross Cortez Blvd.
Reports say 10 more citizens either stopped deputies in the area, or placed calls to dispatch to give tips on Schmitt's whereabouts- ultimately leading to officials catching him before he left the general area.
In the report about the incident, officials say sergeants on this case were very appreciative of the good sectarianism displayed that day.
"Citizens like those mentioned in this story are what make Hernando County such a great place to live, work, and raise a family," said Sheriff Al Nienhuis.
Both suspects were placed under arrest and charged as follows:
Lewis was reportedly charged with shoplifting, and Schmitt was charged with principal in 1st degree, resisting an officer without violence and providing a false name.