The two North Carolina police officers thought it was a routine call, yet it ended up affecting them deeply. It all started one day in late 2017 when the officers responded to a report of a theft from a store in Hillsborough, NC. A local woman had allegedly stolen groceries from a supermarket; but what the cops found out about the accused gave them both plenty of food for thought.
The store theft on November 4, 2017, was spotted by staff at the outlet of local grocery chain Food Lion as it was in progress. They watched as the female shoplifter took food off the shelves and then left the supermarket, in the south of Hillsborough, without paying. The manager then gave chase and followed the perp out to the store’s parking lot. And as the alleged thief got into her ride and sped away, the Food Lion boss was able to take a note of the car model and license plate number.
The manager furthermore wasted no time in informing the cops about the theft and the details of the gray Pontiac Vibe getaway car. And with Hillsborough being a small community, there was surely confidence in the notion that the police would pinch the perp. The alleged shoplifter certainly felt that that was the case. Her name is Theresa West, and she reportedly realized that she was in trouble. Speaking later to local newspaper The Herald-Sun, the 44-year-old said, “I knew they had me. I could see ’em taking my tag when I drove off.”