Police pursued a vehicle from Chesterton to the Michigan state line Tuesday
following a shoplifting incident, Chesterton police said.
police, at approximately 7:10 p.m. a woman entered the CVS Pharmacy on the
southeast corner of Ind. 49 and 1100N, walked to the liquor aisle, put two
750 ml bottles of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon in her purse, and left
the store without paying. The woman continued leaving the store though she
activated the security sensors at the doors and a manager attempted to
follow her, police said.
Police said CVS
staff advised the woman left the scene as a passenger in a silver Ford that
headed northbound on Ind. 49. Police report an officer intercepted a
matching vehicle with occupants matching the suspects’ descriptions in the
parking lot of the Jewel-Osco at the northeast corner of Ind. 49 and Indian
Boundary Road, and began a pursuit westbound on Indian Boundary that led
back to northbound Ind. 49, then onto eastbound I-94. An officer who had
been in the nearby Walgreen’s parking lot also joined the pursuit, police
officers reported the occupants of the vehicle, a tan-colored 2010 Ford
Taurus sedan with a handicapped license plate, registered to a Merrillville
address, began throwing liquor bottles out of the vehicle at mile-marker 27,
throwing a total of eight bottles. Police said they were made aware that
neither occupant of the vehicle was the registered owner after running the
license plate. The CPD notified the Michigan State Police of the situation
and terminated the pursuit at the state line.
Police estimate the
loss of two bottles of bourbon from CVS at $80.