Man arrested at Walmart in theft investigation - WKRN News 2

Man arrested at Walmart in theft investigation

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A man was arrested on eight different charges following a shoplifting investigation in south Nashville.

Police reported they stopped 33-year-old Michael Begley in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 4040 Nolensville Pike.

When an officer asked him to step out of his car, Begley allegedly took off on foot.

There were four children inside his vehicle, all under the age of eight, which he left at the scene.

Police were able to apprehend Begley after a short pursuit. According to an affidavit, a woman with Begley told officers he threatened her and her children into shoplifting. She had taken items amounting to $446.40.

He allegedly said he forced her to shoplift to support a bad drug habit.

At the time of his arrest, officers reported Begley also had four warrants out for his arrest, several of which had to do with an incident at the same Walmart in mid-April.

According to those reports, Begley was stopped by officers with three unrestrained children in the back of his car while driving on a suspended license.

An officer stated he told Begley to turn off the car, call someone with a valid license to bring proper restraints, and to stay put while he ran his information.

Begley, however, is accused of pulling away from the scene after the officer walked to his car.

He was booked into the Metro jail Thursday night on $101,000 bond.

He faces multiple charges including child neglect, two counts of evading arrest and two counts of theft.

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