Alleged Wal-Mart shoplifters face charges after crashing in Lower Burrell

Lower Burrell, Pa. – Felony charges have been filed after a male and female ran from police and crashed in Lower Burrell all stemming from a shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart in Harrison Township Wednesday afternoon.

Arrested in the incident were Thaddeus Foddrell, age 30 who faces the following charges: F3 Receiving Stolen Property, F3 Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officer, M3 Receiving Stolen Property 4 counts M2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person, S Reckless Driving, M DUI: Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off, S Driv While Oper Priv Susp Or Revoked, and M3 Criminal Conspiracy Engaging – Receiving Stolen

Also arrested: Danielle Kersey, age 30 who face a single charge of Criminal Conspiracy Engaging – Receiving Stolen Property. No addresses were listed for either party. Both suspects are currently lodged in the Westmoreland County Jail.

(Original Story 11/22/2017) A male and a female are injured after a 2-vehicle crash near Kansas Drive in Lower Burrell after an alleged shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart in Harrison Township.


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With hundreds of police cars in the area attending the funeral of fallen New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw, police officers in the area of Harrison Township and surrounding communities became aware of a reported shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart in Harrison Township on Wednesday afternoon.

Those two alleged suspects fled from the Harrison area in a red Ford Ranger subsequently entering the Allegheny Valley Expressway headed south for their escape path. According to radio transmissions, the vehicle was spotted southbound near the Frazer Mall, then further south near Exit 11.


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Radio transmission indicated the driver switched seats with the passenger and on the next transmission it was reported the vehicle was headed northbound in the southbound lane. At some point, the vehicle made its way to an area where it was spotted just south of the New Kensington bridge with the vehicle entering New Kensington.

According to police on scene, notably a White Oak Police Unit was in the area near Auto Zone on Tarentum Bridge and came into contact with the a red Ford Ranger with out of state plates. Sources at the scene and several more radio transmissions reported the vehicle had rolled over and was on fire up from Carl Avenue near Kansas Drive. It’s unclear if the White Oak Officers actually perused the vehicle and witnessed the crash.

On Carl Avenue, tire tracks revealed the operator drove into a residential front yard. It’s not known where the rollover actually occurred but when AKVNEWS arrived on scene, the vehicle came to a final stop at Kansas Drive and Carl Avenue. The damages to the vehicle indicated the vehicle did in-fact roll over with two occupants inside. Police confiscated a big screen TV at the scene. A second vehicle was involved in the incident when a Vandergrift woman was attempting to cross the intersection of Carl Drive and Craigdell Road when she was struck by the Ford Ranger. The woman told AKVNEWS.COM she was uninjured. Front end damage to her vehicle was moderate.

EMS crews were attending to a female and had placed her on stretcher for transport. The extent of her injuries are unknown. The second individual, a black man was sitting on the ground at the street sign and was being tended by EMS along with police officers questioning the male. The black male sustained a bloody left hand injury that was wrapped in gauze. Sources at the scene said the black male possibly had a warrant out for his arrest – reason unknown.


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Police escorted the black male to an awaiting EMS truck and based on additional radio transmissions, he was in handcuffs that belonged to the Springdale Township Police Chief. That male was also transported by EMS to Allegheny Valley Hospital where Harrison Township Officers radioed confirming they were at the hospital with both actors.

Station 69 firefighters from Lower Burrell assisted at the scene along with numerous other unfamiliar police departments. Thanks to the White Oak male and female police officers for their assistance with the incident.