Chesterton Tribune



Plot thickens in liquor theft pursuit

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Two people suspected of stealing liquor from the CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Ind. 49 and 1100N on June 11 are assumed to have hit the Chesterton Jewel-Osco the same night, Chesterton Police said.

According to police, CPD detectives made contact with management at Jewel after two CPD officers pursued a vehicle from the Jewel parking lot to the Michigan state line following a shoplifting incident June 11. The officers suspected the pair, one of whom is suspected of shoplifting liquor from CVS earlier that night, had time to hit the Jewel before the pursuit began.

Surveillance footage from Jewel shows a woman and a man entering from the store’s south entrance at approximately 7:18 p.m., according to police, and shows the woman put three bottles of Hendrick’s Gin into an oversized purse, then shows the man “crotch” two bottles of Grand Mariner before both walk out without paying at approximately 7:20 p.m.

“It appears as though they were on a mission, and they wasted no time,” Chesterton police said in their report.

CPD is investigating under the assumption that the same pair was responsible for the CVS incident where police said a woman entered the CVS at approximately 7:10 p.m. June 11, walked to the liquor aisle, put two bottles of Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon in her purse, and left the store without paying.

Police said CVS staff at that time advised the woman left the scene as a passenger in a silver Ford that headed northbound on Ind. 49. An officer later intercepted a similar vehicle with occupants who resembled the given descriptions in the parking lot of the Jewel and began a pursuit westbound on Indian Boundary that led back to northbound Ind. 49, then onto eastbound I-94.

The pursuing officers reported the occupants of the vehicle, a tan-colored 2010 Ford Taurus sedan with a handicap 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 from Jewel at approximately $194 and the loss at CVS at approximately $80.



Posted 6/20/2019




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