Richmond police officers were called to Kroger on Eastern Bypass on Thursday evening after loss prevention attempted to detain a 51-year-old shoplifter.
When officers arrived, they could see Etta Conner, of Irvine, shoving and striking loss prevention personnel, but she stopped once she saw law enforcement approaching, according to a citation.
After being escorted to the loss prevention office, Conner told officers she had concealed several merchandise items into her purse and was trying to exit the store without paying. She also told police she shoved loss prevention personnel in her attempt to leave and scratched an employee on the arm, breaking the skin, the citation stated.
The stolen merchandise was valued at $127.42.
A search of Conner's purse yielded in officers finding an amber prescription vial containing three marijuana joints, a tied clear baggie containing a crystal, rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine and one orange suboxone, the citation said.
Located in a wrapped up pink washrag and black bandana was two glass methamphetamine pipes.
Toward the end of Conner's conversation with police, she mentioned she arrived at the grocery store with Doris Brinegar, 52, Irvine, who was sitting outside waiting in the car. Police made contact with Brinegar in the parking lot, where she consented to a search of her purse and vehicle, the citation continued.
Richmond PD located a white vial in Brinegar's purse that contained two dosage units of gabapentin and one orange suboxone. A glass methamphetamine pipe that still had a small amount of a crystal rock-like substance was found with an empty bag with residue in a black soft glasses case in a pillowcase in the driver seat of the vehicle.
Located in the passenger floorboard of the vehicle, officers found two amber vials in a purse, claimed by Conner. One bottle had Conner's late father's name on it and contained 32 dosage units of Trazadone. The other bottle had someone else's name on it as well and contained 5.5 dosage units of Levothyroxine and two dosage units of Simvastatin, the citation stated.
Conner and Brinegar were booked into the Madison County Detention Center, where they remained Friday afternoon. Conner is charged with second-degree robbery, first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), marijuana possession, second-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), three counts of illegal possession of a legend drug, prescription controlled substance not in proper container and drug paraphernalia possession.
Brinegar is charged with first-degree controlled substance possession (methamphetamine), second-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), third-degree controlled substance possession (drug unspecified), two counts of prescription controlled substance not in proper container and drug paraphernalia possession.
Other individuals arrested include:
• Wilgus Johnson, 39, Lexington Road, Richmond, second-degree escape, tampering with a prisoner monitoring advice and third-degree criminal mischief.
• Daniel Kelley, 41, Maple Grove Road, Richmond, first-degree controlled substance possession (heroin) and public intoxication of a controlled substance (excludes alcohol).
• Gabrielle Bailey, 26, North Third Street, Richmond, second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot).
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