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Police ID Shoplifter Who Fled Into Pond and Drowned

Updated: Thursday, July 10 2014, 11:52 AM EDT

The body of a shoplifter who dove into a pond as he attempted to evade mall security officers has been found and identified as 26-year-old Tavon Talley of Baltimore.

According to AACO police the incident occurred in a three-acre storm-water runoff pond on a corner of the Arundel Mills Mall parking lot on July 7 around 9 p.m. Investigation revealed that the shoplifter was fleeing on foot when he entered the sediment pond and began to swim. Police said mall security urged the suspect to return to the shore, but he continued to swim.

"At one point, the individual appeared to dive head first down into the pond and he never resurfaced," AACO police said.

Divers recovered the body of the adult male suspect around 11:15 p.m. near the middle of the pond. The pond is approximately 900 yards long, 100 yards wide and approximately 20 feet deep in the middle, police said, noting that it is filled with sediment and a thick growth of underwater grasses/vegetation.

Preliminarily, the cause of death appears to be drowning with the manner accidental pending toxicology results. A second person who was with Talley time of the shoplifting, Tania D. Turner, 26, of Baltimore,  was charged with Theft Under $1,000 for her role in the incident.

Police ID Shoplifter Who Fled Into Pond and Drowned


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