Women Charged with Gas Thefts

BATH - Two women caught on surveillance video driving off without paying for their gas in Bath have been charged with misdemeanor larceny.

20-year-old Taneisha Smith and 24-year-old Hope Blount turned themselves over to authorities at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Blount and Smith are charged with two counts each of misdemeanor larceny and were held under a $500 secured bond.

Officials said the two women stole a combined amount of more than $160 in gas from Bath General Store and White Post Store in the last week.

Store employee Michelle Ayers was working on Memorial Day weekend when she noticed two women and thought something was suspicious.

"I said these girls are up to no good. I?ve done this for eleven years and something?s wrong here," Ayers said. "No sooner as I got it out of my mouth, they both crawled into the vehicles at the same time and they slowly moved off and when they got far enough away that we couldn't see them anymore, that's when they just sped off really, really fast, never even stopped at the stop sign."

Monday morning at 10:30, investigators say Blount and Smith were caught on camera doing the same thing at White Post only a mile-and-a-half away from Bath General Store.

Owner Nancy Brickhouse said she's glad that they caved under pressure and turned themselves in.

"It was premeditated. They knew what they were doing; they've done it for how long, who knows," Brickhouse said.

Blount and Smith bonded out of the Beaufort County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon. They are scheduled to appear in court for their larceny charges August 9th.

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