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POLICE: Suspects used magnet to take Forever 21 merchandise

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Matthew Jones (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Matthew Jones (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Shante Ford (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Shante Ford (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Taletha Johnson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Taletha Johnson (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Three people are in custody after police say they stole five bags of merchandise from Mall St. Matthews -- and they allegedly used a magnet to do it.

According to arrest reports, police were called to Forever 21 -- a store in Mall St. Matthews -- at 6:30 p.m. Monday on a report that three people had stolen several items from the store.

When police arrived, they say 21-year-old Matthew J. Jones, 24-year-old Shante S. Ford and 23-year-old Taletha S. Johnson walked out the front door of the store while officers were on the second floor. Police say the pair then got into a black SUV and drove away "at a high rate of speed."

Officers activated lights and sirens and pursued them, according to the reports.

A police officer wrote that the suspects were "traveling at an extremely high rate of speed, putting the lives of others in danger on the roadway."

Police say they drove east on Shelbyville Road, then got onto westbound I-264, traveled onto I-64 westbound and finally exited onto Cannons Lane. Officers were able to pull them over on Cannons Lane, according to the arrest reports.

Inside the car, police allegedly found "five large shopping bags of stolen items" including handbags with stolen jewelry. Police say they also found "a magnet to de-magnetize the sensors and a screwdriver to remove them."

All three of the suspects were charged with receipt of stolen property. Jones is also charged with wanton endangerment, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked operator's license, according to reports.

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