MICHIGAN CITY – A La Porte woman caught shoplifting at Meijer in Michigan City is facing more charges after striking another vehicle with her van while driving away from store security employees, according to police.
About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Michigan City Police officer was flagged down in the parking lot of the Meijer on Franklin Street by a witness reporting a hit-and-run crash in which a white van struck a car and then drove away.
As the officer was preparing to pursue the van, he was advised of a theft at Meijer in which the female suspect had left in a white van south on Franklin Street.
The vehicle was located and pulled over in the parking lot of the Speedway station at Franklin and Kieffer.
The witness at Meijer told police the woman was with three juveniles when she was was confronted by loss prevention personnel outside the store. She then ran to the van and struck the car while pulling out of a parking spot, according to the report.
The officer found a red Toyota Corolla with white paint transfer on the driver's side near the rear bumper. A gray Hyundai parked in the opposite spot had also been hit and showed white paint transfer.
Meijer staff identified the driver as the woman who had been stopped while shoplifting. They told police she took numerous items of clothing and stuffed them in a purse. She then checked out, paying for some items, but not what was in the purse.
The woman, identified as 53-year-old Cinceray Harradon of La Porte, told officers she was having an anxiety attack, but refused medical attention, police said. She denied stealing anything, then asked for a lawyer, police said.
She also said she was on probation for another theft. She was arrested and charged with felony theft and misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident, but that she had just "taken the fall" for her grandkids' shoplifting. She was convicted of that charge in March 2018.
Police said women's and children's clothing and a shower liner, totaling $174.99, were inside the purse.
Harradon was taken to the La Porte County Jail, but court information was not immediately available.