Shoplifter armed with handgun arrested Friday

Lanika Cartwright
Age: 27
Nashville, Tennessee

At 3:30 pm Friday afternoon, 09/22/2017, officers were summoned to the Galleria Boulevard Target for a shoplifter who had been taken into custody by store security. Target Loss Prevention detained 27-year old Lanika Cartwright of Nashville after witnessing her steal $1,900 in merchandise.

Arriving Franklin Police Officers who questioned Cartwright witnessed her attempt to reach for her purse several times. When officers looked inside, they discovered a fully-loaded handgun with a round in the chamber. Officers also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Cartwright’s purse.

Cartwright, who initially provided officers with false information about who she was, was charged with Felony Theft, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Drug Possession, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Criminal Impersonation. She is free on the $9,000 bond set by the Magistrate and due in court 10/05/2017 at 1:00 pm.