LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin pair are in jail after police say they were caught trying to steal pregnancy tests from a pharmacy. One of the suspects now finds himself with a collective bond of more than $400,000.
George Melvin Mitchell, 26, is now in custody on outstanding warrants which were apparently raised after he no-showed a court appearance. He has four $100,000 each on three drug charges and one assault charge. Included with new charges, his bond is set at $404,277.
According to the police report, a person at CVS Pharmacy, located at 1200 block of Lufkin Avenue, called officers to the store at 7:39 p.m. in reference to an in-progress theft.
The person reported the suspects, later identified as Mitchell and Kimberly Lang Harris, 32, had just left the store after stealing pregnancy tests. The person said that Mitchell went alone down an aisle where the tests were sold and then called Harris over to him. Harris then removed several pregnancy tests from their packaging and hid them in her purse and then both suspects left the store, the witness said.
The witness said they left in a white Dodge Stratus and a nearby officer quickly found it going northbound on North Timberland Drive. Officers stopped the car at the intersection of Atkinson Drive and had to run after Mitchell, according to the report.
One officer managed to stop him after showing him a TASER. According to the report, officers found crack cocaine on his possession. Following his arrest, Mitchell refused to provide his name, instead offering a profanity each time they asked.
Officers finally managed to get Mitchell's identity from Harris, who was detained at the vehicle. Officers found 11 pregnancy tests in Harris' purse.
Because Harris has at least two prior theft convictions, she is charged with a state jail felony.
Mitchell was booked in on new charges of evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance, failure to identify and theft.
Mitchell was first arrested in March, following an undercover investigation in 2010, in which he allegedly sold cocaine to confidential informants.
According to Art Bauereiss, a prosecutor with the district attorney's office, Mitchell has six prior convictions and he missed a court appearance -- two likely reasons his bond has reached as high of a figure.
Angelina jailers mistakenly originally entered his collective bond at more than $4 million, but corrected the error Wednesday afternoon.