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Shoplifter Flees Mall after Threatening Employee with Knife

Release Date: September 11, 2017

17-29562

 

A 26-year-old local woman was caught after fleeing from a mall on Friday night.

 

An employee at one of the stores became suspicious when a shopper who had been in a change room handed back some clothing items with their security devices ripped off. When the clerk asked if she had any stolen items in her bag, the accused produced a concealed item she had not paid for. The accused then pulled a knife, threatened the clerk, and ran out of the mall.

 

Mall security came to assist and the accused was followed to a pick-up truck that had paper over the license plates. Photographs were taken of the accused and the plate after the paper fell off. The truck was driven erratically out of the mall parking lot and hit a parked truck in the process. The truck continued to Selkirk Road where the accused stopped and entered a house. Police found her inside rummaging inside a closet and stealing money. The accused was arrested and approximately $800 worth of stolen items was recovered from the mall. She was found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected heroin and was transported to police headquarters where she was held to attend a bail hearing the following day.

 

The accused was charged with theft, threats, possession of a weapon, break and enter, possession of stolen property, fail to remain and drug possession.