Racine police say a 49-year-old woman stole just over $30 worth of merchandise from Family Dollar so she could trade the items for drugs.
Lisa Carter, of Racine, was charged Friday in Racine County Circuit Court with one count of misdemeanor retail theft. If convicted, she faces up to nine months in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called 1:57 p.m. Thursday to Family Dollar, 3919 Washington Avenue, for a report of a shoplifting in progress. While officers were enroute, dispatch let them know the woman was wearing a black trenchcoat, and she was attempting to flee southbound on Russet Street. When police arrived, store security told them a woman – later identified as Carter – was observed taking several white t-shirts worth $25, and she fled when security attempted to stop her.
Police say witnesses told them Carter left the store and got into a car that tried to leave the area but stopped when security and other customers yelled for the driver to stop. Carter jumped out of the car and ran south on Russet Street toward the strip center just south of the store. While officers questioned the driver of the car and spoke further with security, people yelled that Carter was seen getting into tan or silver SUV and it was driving away.
The SUV was observed turning east on 13th Street and was eventually pulled over near 16th and Packard Avenue, the complaint reads. Police approached the passenger side of the vehicle and spoke to Carter who admitted she took the t-shirts but said she was trading them for other clothes. Eventually she admitted that she was trading the shirts for illegal drugs, but she would not same her supplier. Candles worth $7 were found in Carter’s purse as well.
Carter remains in the Racine County Jail on $100 cash bond. She will next be in court May 14 for a pre-trial conference.