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CPD: Woman admits to serial shoplifting at Kmart

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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.

According to 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.”

The agents--who 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.

She subsequently 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, police said.

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 for review.



Posted 2/20/2014