Columbia woman arrested for stealing & hit and run outside Columbia Mall

Lacee Adams

Columbia Police are asking anyone with information about a weekend incident in the Columbia Mall parking lot to come forward.

It was Sunday morning when a man exited the mall and found a woman he didn’t know in his car.  Police say surveillance footage shows Lacee Adams, 25, of Columbia, breaking into the victim’s car. 

The victim told police that when he approached his car, Adams exited his vehicle.  He says he began chasing her because he believed she’d stolen items from his car, including a wedding ring.  The victim says Adams then began circling him in her pickup in an attempt to hit him.  She allegedly struck him in the hip before hitting his vehicle, then slashing his tires. 

Adams is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree property damage, stealing, and leaving the scene of an accident.