PIQUA — An alleged shoplifter was arrested on a warrant on Wednesday, Oct. 28, after reportedly being involved in five incidents of shoplifting and theft starting in July. Amanda Sue Stevens, 21, of St. Paris, is facing three counts of first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property, five counts of first-degree misdemeanor theft, and one count of second-degree misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument.
On July 22, a tablet was reported stolen from a residence on the 100 block of Sherman Street. Stevens was reportedly staying with the resident at that time, according to Piqua police reports. Piqua police recovered a transaction from Cashland, where Stevens allegedly sold a tablet with the same serial number as the one that was reported stolen.
On Sept. 2, Stevens and another female reportedly admitted to taking $196.73 worth of meat and paper towels from Kroger without paying for them.
Jennifer M. Parker, 21, of Piqua, was also charged with first-degree misdemeanor theft in connection with this incident. An active warrant for Parker was issued on Oct. 6.
On Sept. 12, Stevens was allegedly involved in stealing $522.09 worth of meat from Walmart. Nancy A. Weaver, 53, of Piqua, was also charged with first-degree misdemeanor theft in connection with this incident.
The females allegedly carried the meat out of the store in their purses.
After the alleged Sept. 12 incident, Stevens “advised she has been stealing from different businesses and is addicted to heroin,” according to Piqua police reports.
On Sept. 25, Stevens and Weaver were both also reportedly involved in stealing $413.47 worth of meat from Walmart. The females allegedly carried the steaks out of the store in their purses.
Weaver denied stealing the meat in connection with this incident, but reportedly admitted to stealing meat on Sept. 12.
On Sept. 30, Stevens was reportedly caught on surveillance video stealing two pairs of jeans worth $79.68.
Stevens is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total $85,000 bond.
All information provided by Piqua police reports.
The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
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