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Theft of popsicle leads to police foot chase at Lawrence Dillons

February 5, 2014

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What began as a reported shoplifting Tuesday after a shopper ate a popsicle in the frozen section of a Lawrence Dillons escalated to a foot chase when another shopper later tried to elude police.

According to Sgt. Trent McKinley, a Lawrence Police Department spokesman, police contacted the two after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dillons, 3000 West Sixth St. Police issued a 20-year-old woman a notice to appear in court for theft of several boxes of a drink mix and for eating a popsicle out of a box in the frozen food section and returning the open box back in the freezer.

"Other than the popsicle," McKinley said, "the stolen items were recovered."

But McKinley said the 20-year-old wasn't helpful in assisting police to identify the 16-year-old who was with her. After officers could not identify the 16-year-old on their own, the girl fled while being questioned near the store's entrance.

McKinley said the girl was captured near Sixth and Schwarz after a brief chase on foot, and police later determined that she was a runaway. She was taken into custody for theft, interference with the duties of an officer and for being a runaway, McKinley said.

Comments

Leslie Swearingen 2 months, 1 week ago

Maybe she was just that hungry and broke and scared and didn't know what to do. I have sympathy for her and hope that all turns out all right. The whole story may be more complex than you could ever imagine.

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Addie Line 2 months, 1 week ago

But rich or poor you shouldn't be stealing a Popsicle from a grocery store, right? I mean I have type that?

Yes she may need help, but that doesn't make stealing right.

I do hope they connect her with supportive resources.

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Paula Kissinger 2 months, 1 week ago

The juvenile will be returned from whence she came and the governing judiciary will determine her fate...period. Socioeconomic status is irrelevant. Which part of the process do you believe is flawed ? If you don't like it, your vote is your voice.

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Lawrence Morgan 2 months, 1 week ago

If she is a runaway, then she needs help, not incarceration.

Can you believe that she is taken in this way, where real thieves- like what has gone on with the City Commission and the sports complex - go unpunished, even though the latest is that they have put up lights without proper documentation.

It goes to show you that when a person has power and money, they can get away with anything. But for the poorer person - the police act fast to chase her and charge her - for eating a popsicle!!!!

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Steven Swaggerty 2 months, 1 week ago

Since when is being a runaway a CRIME?

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