Two charged with shoplifting after chase

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK – Two of three occupants in a Chevy Malibu that police had chased through rush-hour traffic Tuesday were charged April 7 in 25th District Court with retail fraud for allegedly shoplifting at a local Meijer store.

Joshua Begley, 26, of Ecorse was charged with second-degree retail fraud, second-degree fleeing and eluding and for operating on a suspended license. Begley was taken into custody after leading Lincoln Park and Michigan State police on a chase April 5 that began at Meijer, 3710 Dix, and ended on Detroit’s east side near Gratiot and Connor.

Patricia Bradley, 38, also from Ecorse, was charged with second-degree retail fraud.

Begley and Bradley were released on modest bonds but were required to wear a tether. Bradley reportedly had been subject to several arrest warrants, which police said had factored into the decision to pursue the Chevy Malibu.

City police initially responded to reports of shoplifting at the retail store, and attempted a traffic stop near Fort Street and Southfield Road. Instead Begley allegedly took off and led police through rush-hour traffic on freeways and surface streets, a pursuit captured live by several local TV stations before the Malibu was boxed in and the occupants taken into custody.

A third passenger who had been taken into custody, a 69-year-old man, was released without charges. The man recently was released from prison after having served nearly 40 years for homicide.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)