Sticky fingers prevalent in Portage; four arrested for shoplifting

2013-06-19T18:55:00Z 2013-06-19T23:47:11Z Sticky fingers prevalent in Portage; four arrested for shopliftingJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Fingers were particularly sticky here Tuesday as police made four arrests for shoplifting within a matter of hours at Portage retailers.

While it is not unusual to have shoplifting arrests in the city on a daily basis, Tuesday's total was particularly high, said Portage police spokesman Sgt. Keith Hughes. Hughes said he isn't sure why there was an uptick in incidents Tuesday.

A Gary woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon for attempting to steal items from Menards, 6220 U.S. 6, just after 2 p.m. During the arrest of Melissa Thomas, 35, police also found items allegedly stolen by Thomas from Big Lots, 5960 U.S. 6, and Walgreen's, 5995 U.S. 6, in her vehicle.

Among her attempted haul, Thomas allegedly took Slim Jims, shoes, soap and a razor from Big Lots and Slim Jims, sunglasses, makeup, nail polish and nail polish remover from Walgreens. A list of items she attempted to steal from Menards was not available.

Three people were arrested for attempting to shoplift items from Walmart, 6087 U.S. 6.

Joanne Schroeder, 51, of South Haven, was arrested at 10:45 a.m. for attempting to leave the store with two DVDs, two candles, soap, a child's outfit and cleaning wipes, valued at about $37, according to police.

At 3:15 p.m., police said Kaylyn Gilmore, 18, of  Portage, was arrested for attempting to take more than $183 in items including a television, diapers, baby wipes and eardrops.

While police were still in the store, Theresa Cattani, 35, of Burns Harbor, was arrested at 3:27 p.m. for allegedly taking nail polish from the store without paying for it.

All four women face felony theft charges.

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