Police officers wait for suspect to come out of hiding

CONYERS — A suspected shoplifter who fled from police Wednesday afternoon was apprehended after officers waited for him to come out of hiding.

Conyers Police officers flooded the area around the Village at Millers Chapel late Wednesday afternoon and set up a perimeter in an effort to catch the man who had been reported leaving Ross Dress For Less without paying for merchandise. The suspect apparently saw a police officer near his car in the parking lot and fled into nearby woods.

Officers searched through the dense foliage, creek beds and brier patches but were initially unable to locate the suspect. Two of Conyers Special Response Team members, Officers Eliasar Gonzalez and Anthony Cook, “bedded down” in the woods to wait for the suspect to emerge.

About four hours after the initial shoplifting report, the suspect came out of hiding and was apprehended by the officers.

Eddie Eugene Temple III, 23, of Stone Mountain was arrested without further incident and charged with theft by shoplifting and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers. Temple was also wanted out of DeKalb County for on a charge of probation violation and has a history of theft and obstruction charges, according to the CPD.