Alleged thief's rampage captured on video


by Adam Walser

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 8:06 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A customer walked into a west Louisville convenience store and attempts to steal hundreds of dollars in merchandise.

The woman, who police  now believe stole from several local businesses Tuesday night, then struggled with employees and police as they tried to stop her.

“She walked in with a big old garbage bag,” Ali, who owns the BP Convenience Store at the corner of 15th and Broadway said.

From the moment Pedia Turner, 34, walked into the store, employees noticed something was wrong.

“You could smell her breath a mile away. She was just talking loud, running her mouth and  yelling,” Ali said.

But that was not all she was doing.

According to Ali, she was also helping herself to just about anything in reach.

Ali says that Turner was taking merchandise, like cigars and candy and placing them in a large bag. An alert cashier observed it on this monitor and decided to intervene.

Eventually Ali came from behind the deli counter, where he was cooking, and tried to detain Turner.

“I tried to get my stuff and let her go. But the police were looking for her and the police showed up here just in time,” he said.

Police were looking for Turner after she allegedly shattered a woman's car windshield before walking into the store.

In Turner's large bag, officers found merchandise not only from Ali's store, but from several other businesses as well.

“Clothes, underwear, wallets, candy, cigars, headphones, everything. She got everything,” Ali said.

Turner was charged with robbery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Ali says her mother is one of his regular customers.

But he hopes not to have another customer like Pedia Turner anytime soon. 

“A customer like that I will remember. And I will make sure she can't come back to the location,” Ali said.