A Porter woman is
facing a possible charge of theft after Chesterton Police said that she
admitted stealing a variety of items from the Kmart at 750 Indian Boundary
Road on multiple occasions.
police, at 9:22 a.m. officers responded to the Kmart after loss prevention
agents reported that a woman who has been shoplifting from the store on
almost a weekly basis since October 2013 had just exited the business with
merchandise she hadn’t paid for. The agents were unable to detain the woman
and she fled the scene.
The agents gave
officers this account of the woman: she visits the store usually twice a
week, on Wednesdays and Fridays between 9 and 9:30 a.m.; she brings an empty
bag, typically a large purse, and begins placing select items into a
shopping cart; she then goes to a department in the store which is not
covered by a surveillance camera and there places those items into her
purse, after which she puts new items into the cart, “making it difficult to
tell that she’s taken anything”; then she leaves the store, sometimes after
paying for a few items but not the ones concealed in her purse.
The agents advised
police that they “know she’s taken women’s and children’s clothing, Blu Ray
DVD movies, video games, cosmetic items, and fake fingernails.”
noted that they were at the Kmart on Wednesday “specifically to watch” for
this woman--were able to identify her by the Kmart Rewards Card “used on
previous visits,” police said.
The woman was
subsequently located at the BP Amoco on Indian Boundary Road and detained
for questioning, police said.
admitted stealing items on “10 or so” occasions, began crying, and indicated
her desire to reimburse Kmart, police said. She also said that the pair of
woman’s shoes which she had stolen earlier in the day were at her residence,
The woman was
issued a trespass warning and released from custody, police said, and a copy
of the report forwarded to the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s office