Grove City police said an Indianapolis woman was charged June 6 with a felony count of theft after a loss-prevention officer at a business on Hoover Road reported a shoplifting in progress at 6:50 p.m.
When officers arrived, they observed a man later identified as being an accomplice in the case walking multiple times from inside the store to a car with Indiana license plates.
A third person, a woman, left the vehicle to enter the store before returning to the car, according to the report.
The loss-prevention officer told police he detained the woman who was charged in the store's security office. He said she had been observed on surveillance video taking boxes of memory-improvement pills, weight-loss pills and hair-growth supplements, along with mobile-phone accessories, and concealing them in her purse before walking through the self-checkout line. The woman purchased a few other items, but the video also showed her placing clothing she did not pay for into the bags containing the purchased items while still concealing the other items in her purse.
The male suspect was observed placing other items of clothing that had not been paid for into the woman's cart before he left the store. Police detained him and brought him to the store's security office.
The man was charged with a misdemeanor count of complicity. He pleaded guilty in an arraignment held June 7 in Franklin County Municipal Court and was fined $250.
The woman was arraigned on June 7 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for June 14.
The loss-prevention officer said the items taken were valued at $1,372 total, reports stated. The clothing items the male suspect placed in her cart were valued at $88, according to reports.
The third woman was allowed to leave the scene. She told police she was going to get gas for the car and then follow officers to the Franklin County jail to post bail for the male suspect.
A few minutes later, officers were dispatched to a business in the 2500 block of London-Groveport Road to back up Jackson Township paramedics who had been called to the scene because a woman needed medical attention. The woman later was identified as the third person who had been at the store.
The paramedics observed the woman dumping numerous boxes of medication in a dumpster. Police recovered the medication, which was valued at nearly $3,000, reports stated. The male suspect told police that medication had been taken from other central Ohio stores, but no further charges have been filed, according to reports.
In other recent Grove City police reports:
* A resident in the 4500 block of Bent Creek Place reported June 7 his son's car was stolen overnight from the driveway. The son told police he accidentally had left the car unlocked after unloading it.
* A resident in the 3700 block of Irwin Avenue reported the windshield of her van was cracked and a large scratch was made on the hood, causing $500 damage. The vandalism occurred between midnight and 2 a.m. June 9 while the van was parked on the street in front of the house, according to reports.