Deputies: Woman bites officer after stealing more than $1K from local store

Deputies: Woman bites officer after stealing more than $1K from local store
Posted at 1:49 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 11:04:38-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee woman is facing multiple charges for biting a loss prevention officer and stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from a local Belk store.  

Taylor Cullifer, 26, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff's Office on Monday. 

On Monday, deputies were called to Belk on North Monroe Street in response to a shoplifting incident.  

When officers arrived on scene, they talked with the loss prevention officer, who identified Cullifer as the suspect. 

The loss prevention officer showed deputies video surveillance of Cullifer putting several items in her purse.  

The video surveillance also showed Cullifer taking hangers off of the items and placing the items in her purse. 

When the loss prevention officer asked Cullifer to come with him into custody, she began to resist and bit his hand as he was trying to arrest her. 

He told deputies that she had to be carried to the loss prevention office and was "kicking, biting, and resisting." 

According to police documents, Cullifer's purses contained several items of clothing and two watches that had not been paid for, totaling more than $1,000. 

Earlier that day, Cullifer was issued a trespass warning by LCSO from the entire Tallahassee mall property, which included Belk's.  

As deputies began to put Cullifer into handcuffs, she began resisting and trying to get out of them. Deputies were forced to physically hold Cullifer down in order to put her into handcuffs. 

After continued resistance by Cullifer, deputies were finally able to put her inside a patrol vehicle. She was taken to the Leon County Detention Facility. 

Cullifer is being charged with aggravated battery causing bodily harm or disability, grand theft, trespassing occupied structure or conveyance, and resisting officer without violence. 

Her bond has been set at $5,500.