SEVIERVILLE — Police arrested an Asheville man accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of items from stores at Tanger Outlet Mall before wrecking in front of a Sevierville store as he tried to flee.
Jesse Frisbee, 20, of Asheville, North Carolina, is facing 13 charges, mostly felonies.
He was arrested after he wrecked as he fled when officers neared him Saturday, according to warrants.
Frisbee and his alleged accomplice, Tessa Halstead, 25, also of Asheville, had allegedly been shoplifting from Tanger occasionally for months.
On Dec. 27, the pair allegedly took more than $6,000 from the Coach store in the outlet mall. Frisbee allegedly struck the mall on at least one occasion before that.
On Saturday, they allegedly ran from the same store after taking a similar amount, and were seen getting into a 2017 Ford Escape.
Merchandise from that and some other stores were found in the car after the pair were arrested Saturday.
The warrants indicate they fled from police who approached their car, driving through the parking lot of a nearby Pilot gas station. The car struck a mailbox and drove “very close” to an employee, according to the warrants.
Frisbee abandoned the car after it ran into the yard outside a home on Cherry Street and became stuck, damaging the property.
Officers arrested both Frisbee and Halstead a short time later. They eventually learned the car had been reported stolen as well.
They have charged Frisbee with shoplifting, felony possession of a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, two counts of failure to report an accident, and six counts of felony theft.
He was being held Monday at the Sevier County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.
Officers charged Halstead with possession of a stolen vehicle, shoplifting, and two counts of felony theft. She was released after posting $50,000 bond.
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