BY COLIN KRIEGER
A Columbus man caused a big stink Sunday afternoon after he allegedly stole nearly $500 worth of electronics and perfume from WalMart. Breman Sean Woolbright, 42, of 122 Gaylane in Columbus, reportedly stuffed two digital cameras, several DVDs, perfume, cologne and other sundries into his pants while strolling through WalMart shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Walmart loss control officers thought something smelled funny when they saw Woolbright acting erratically as he meandered around the retailer, and attempted to stop him before he left the store. Woolbright reportedly ran from the security guards and jumped into a red Nissan pickup and sped out of the parking lot. E-911 dispatcher received the call and sent Columbus Police Department officer Vincent Samuel to attempt to intercept the bandit.
Samuel caught a whiff of the suspect as he drove south on Highway 45 North and immediately attempted to pull Woolbright
over. The suspect ignored the officer and began a medium speed car chase down Highway 45 , with speeds hovering around 45 MPH. The chase continued south to downtown Columbus, eventually ending in the parking lot of the Gilmer Inn on Main Street.
Samuel arrived in the rear parking lot of The Gilmer just as Woolbright was attempting to run from the vehicle. Woolbright smelled the fresh air of freedom for about ten seconds before Samuel brandished his service pistol and ordered the suspect to the ground. Lt. Donny Elkin, Sgt. Terrie Songer and officer Andres Rodriguez arrived at the inn just as Samuel had the suspect at bay.
Breman was put in handcuffs and placed in Samuel’s patrol car while the vehicle was searched. Woolbright complained that Woolbright which Elkin gently served to the burglar.
Bystanders on scene noted that Woolbright apparently broke one of the bottles of cologne when he ran from Samuel, and a waft of perfume was present in the air when the bandit was moved to another waiting patrol car.
“He kinda smells sweet” one woman remarked.
Woolbright was arrested and charged with felony shoplifting and is being held on a $2500 bond.