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Police: Trio used child in carrier as weapon to fend off officers during shoplifting in New Hartford Wal-Mart

By WKTV News

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - Three Syracuse women are facing charges after allegedly trying to steal more than $1,000 in merchandise from the store, and using a baby carrier containing a three week old child as a weapon to fend off the store officers.

On September 8, 2010, loss prevention officers at Wal-Mart on Commercial Drive in New Hartford saw Tayonda Durham, 25, Billie L. Goode, 28 and Harlyn D. McBean, 29, of Syracuse, attempting to exit the store with over $1,100 worth of merchandise.

When the loss prevention officers acted to detain the suspects, police said Goode used a baby-carrier containing her 3-week-old daughter repeatedly swung the carrier at a Loss Prevention officer and continued to ward of the officer by repeatedly pushing them with the baby carrier.

Durham then sprayed a Loss Prevention officer with pepper spray and recklessly sprayed bystanders.

All three suspects evaded detainment and left Wal-Mart in McBean's vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Impala, color blue, bearing New York Registration ENK6308.

Wal-Mart Loss Prevention officers reported the license plate number to New Hartford police, who put out a BOLO (Be on the Look Out) alert to other law enforcement agencies.

Members of the New York State Troopers were notified and were actively searching for the Impala. The members of the New York State Police Department assigned to the Thruway, observed the vehicle on the New York State Thruway near Syracuse and subsequently detained all three suspects until New Hartford Police were able take them into custody.

Upon arrival, New Hartford police also discovered other bags containing stolen merchandise from Victoria's Secret, H & M, and Gap stores located in Sangertown Square, New Hartford valued at over $1,000.00.

One Wal-Mart Loss Prevention officer was sent by Edward's Ambulance to St. Elizabeth Medical Center for further evaluation due to an allergic reaction to the pepper spray.

In addition to the charges stated above, Durham was charged with Unlawfully Possessing or Selling Noxious Material and Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree.

Goode was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

All three suspects were sent to Oneida County Jail in lieu of bail and a felony exam is scheduled for the defendants next week in the Town of New Hartford Criminal Court.

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