A man shoplifting goods from a Jacksonville Wal-Mart abandoned two young children and ran off with a shopping cart full of merchandise when a witness who called authorities spotted him, police said.
DeAngelo Davis, 20, of North Little Rock remained in the Pulaski County jail Monday morning on charges including two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and theft of property.
Police were dispatched to the store at 2000 John Harden Drive before 5:30 p.m. Saturday after a man heard a hairstylist say a theft was occurring and then called 911.
The man then spotted Davis "loading a large number of items into the back of a vehicle," according to a Jacksonville Police Department report.
When Davis saw the man, Davis "began to run off with the shopping cart still full of stuff ... [leaving] behind two children (ages 8 and 9) in the parking lot as he ran away," police wrote.
Davis reportedly ran across U.S. 167 and was caught in the 1800 block of North First Avenue after a brief chase.
The children were released to their mother, who was found in the store shopping. She said Davis was her roommate and that he had told her that he and the children were going to look at shoes, the report said.
The stolen merchandise, described as more than $570 worth of clothing, hats, shoes and other items, was recovered.
Bail for Davis was set at $4,000.