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Shoplifters Caught Fleeing on I-78, Police Say

A man and woman removed security device, got past loss prevention officers and drove away from Lower Macungie Walmart before being caught on the interstate, troopers report.

For a time, it looked as if a pair of alleged shoplifters had made all of the right moves.

First, they removed the security detection device from a computer they wanted to steal at Walmart in Lower Macungie Township, according to state police at Fogelsville. Next, they fled after being confronted by loss prevention officers, and they even made it a few miles up the road before being stopped for good.

Events began for Donald and Heather MacGillivray, 29 and 32 respectively, of Flemington, N.J., about 4:05 p.m. March 16 inside the store at 1091 Mill Creek Road. They removed the security device and put the computer into their cart, police said. They added a few items and attempted to leave without paying, police said.

The pair eluded security and fled in their vehicle, police said. However, loss prevention notified police of the vehicle's description and direction of travel.

Their vehicle was stopped by state police, and the pair were arrested on eastbound Interstate 78, police said.

The two were charged with retail theft, conspiracy and destroying an inventory control tag and committed to Lehigh County Prison under $15,000 bail for Donald MacGillivray and $5,000 bail for Heather MacGillivray, according to court documents. The Preliminary Arraignment was conducted by Magisterial District Judge Rod Beck of Slatington.

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