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Four women booked after alleged theft from premium outlets and car chase
Forsyth car chase
Clockwise, from top left: Jasmine Canty, Deshauna Heard, Marquita Thomas and Brenaldia Stephens.

Four women have been arrested and charged after an alleged theft from a store at North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawson County and chase on Ga. 400.  

Following a high-speed chase along the Forsyth County portion of Ga. 400 on Saturday, Aug. 6, authorities apprehended Jasmine Canty, 21, of Conyers and Deshauna Heard, 20; Brenaldia Stephens, 27 and Marquita Thomas, 23, all of Atlanta. 

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Canty and Heard were charged with one felony count each of theft by shoplifting. Stephens was charged with misdemeanors for reckless driving, fleeing or attempting to elude and possession of marijuana. Thomas received one charge for second-degree forgery, a felony.  

Canty and Heard were taken to the Dawson County Detention Center, while Stephens and Thomas were taken to the Forsyth County Jail.  

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office posted a video of the car chase to Facebook on Wednesday, Aug. 10. 

The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office issued a “Be on the Look Out” or BOLO for a silver Ford Focus missing a front bumper and a temporary tag with four women inside the vehicle around 6 p.m., Aug. 6.  

They had allegedly shoplifted from the Marc Jacobs store and were driving south along Ga. 400, according to a FCSO incident report.  

An FCSO Crime Reduction Unit deputy spotted a Ford Fusion with a temporary tag, and four female occupants, driving erratically on Ga. 400 South near Matt Highway.  

According to the FCSO incident report, the deputy tried to catch the car, but was unsuccessful, despite driving 90 mph. The deputy approached the Ford Fusion near Exit 14 and ran the temporary tag, which returned as belonging to Heard.  

Based on the alleged reckless driving and BOLO, the deputy subsequently initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle on the side of Ga. 400 south. 

The Ford Fusion coasted for about a mile along the side of the highway before coming to a stop. The deputy issued commands over his intercom for the driver to exit the car. After the second command, the driver fled on Ga. 400. 

The deputy performed a precision immobilization technique, or PIT, maneuver to stop the car.  

At that point, the vehicle’s occupants complied with deputies’ commands and were taken into custody, according to the incident report.  

Stephens was identified as the driver, with Heard as the front-seat passenger. Thomas was identified as the rear driver-side passenger, with Canty to the right of her. 

Canty and Thomas were taken to one patrol car, while Stephens and Heard were placed in another.  

A search conducted of the car yielded multiple items from the Marc Jacobs store located on the front passenger floorboard and in the rear passenger area with tags on them that appeared to be new, according to the incident report.  

A Marc Jacobs shopping basket was also found. And in the driver’s door compartment, a small, clear plastic bag containing marijuana was found. 

Stephens allegedly said the drug was hers.  

A search of Thomas’ purse revealed she allegedly had $700 in counterfeit U.S. bills. A check of Canty's license showed she had a warrant out of Gwinnett County for allegedly hijacking a motor vehicle.   

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Canty and Heard, and Stephens and Thomas were taken into custody by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. 

Canty remains in custody on a $1,300 bond, while Heard was released on a bond of the same amount on Aug. 8.  

Stephens remains in Forsyth County custody on a $8,915 bond, while Thomas remains in custody on a $4,420 bond.