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ANDERSON — On July 21st just before 11:30 AM, officers were dispatched to Rue 21 at the Shasta Gateway Outlets after a report of an attempting shoplifting.
In an unusual turn, the reporting party already knew who the shoplifter was — 24-year-old Bobbilee Ballinger of Anderson — because she’d already been ID’d on multiple prior thefts. Ballinger had three felony warrants to her name for probation violations and vehicle theft, is on felony probation out of Shasta County for arson, and was also recently featured on Shasta County’s Most Wanted List.
As soon as she saw police approaching, Ballinger jumped into a car and fled, kicking off a pursuit southbound from Anderson towards Kimberly Road and Panorama Point at speeds up to 80 MPH.
At one point, the pursuit left the roadway and continued down a private drive in the Green Acres Road area and eventually through a recently-harvested field.
Finally, Ballinger’s vehicle struck a tree stump.
From there, she tried to flee on foot, but to no avail.
She is now housed at the Shasta County Jail on the aforementioned warrants, as well as a new charge of felony evasion of a peace officer and resisting arrest.
Anderson PD reports in their official press release that, when asked why she fled, Ballinger told officers she was afraid of going to prison.