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Crime Report: Two Cited on Charges of Stealing From Kohl's

The following information was provided by the Canton Township Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Canton Township police were dispatched May 7 to , 47250 Michigan Ave., for a report of two females taking merchandise from the store, according to a police report.

The store’s loss prevention officer told police he witnessed the two females, one in a wheelchair, select and conceal several items from the intimate apparel department, the report said.

The employee told police he saw one female put socks, a skirt and shirt in her purse and selected shorts and pants and hid them beneath her on the wheelchair seat. He told police the two females headed toward the fitting rooms and then tried to leave the store without offering payment for the concealed items, the report said.

The two girls were stopped and escorted to the loss prevention office, where police found both girls were wearing three additional Kohl’s shirts beneath their clothes. Police arrested the female who was in the wheelchair on charges of third-degree retail fraud, while her acquaintance was released to her mother.

The female who was arrested was later taken by ambulance to Oakwood Hospital, the report said, but refused treatment. Calls were made to her parents, as she was 17, to give consent to refuse treatment, but nobody answered, the report said. Police stopped by the girl’s mother’s home, but her mother was uncooperative with the officer and refused to call or drive to the hospital, the report said. Because of the non-life-threatening nature of the girl’s condition, the hospital released her and she returned to her cell at the Canton Police Department, the report said.

Two cited on charges of stealing from Walmart

Canton Township Police were dispatched May 6 to , 45555 Michigan Ave., for a report of two females removing tags from women’s clothing, according to a police report.

The store’s loss prevention officer told police one woman left the store, headed to a vehicle and picked up a pink purse from the car before heading back into the store, the report said. The employee told police he saw the woman rejoin her acquaintance in the store and stopped by the home goods section,  as the pair concealed clothing in their purses, the report said.

The employee told police he saw the two walk to the jewelry department, where one bought a tongue ring, but both failed to pay for the clothing in their purses, the report said. The employee told police he then stopped the two, who said they took the items because they had no money.

The two said they were sisters, one 16 and one 20, and lived in Belleville, the report said. They told police their parents had died years ago and the 20-year-old had been taking care of the 16-year-old. The officer working the case told the two in custody that he knew they were lying and that they needed to tell the truth, the report said. The younger female gave police her mother’s contact and her mother told police the two females are neighbors.

Police charged both females face third-degree retail fraud and obstruction of justice charges. The 16-year-old was released to her mother, the report said. The total items taken from the store totaled more than $110, the report said.

For questions about this crime report, email John McKay at john.mckay@patch.com.

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