SANATOGA PA – Unidentified witnesses who Lower Pottsgrove police claim saw a theft occur Monday (May 5, 2014) in Sanatoga, then trailed the alleged suspects by car along East High Street, played a role in the arrest on the same day of two women, according to a department press release.
Heather Louise Whalen of Spring City has been charged with retail theft in connection with the incident, and Jayleen Collopy of Royersford with possession of drug paraphernalia, Ofc. Matthew Musselman reported Tuesday (May 6).
Musselman arrived Monday at about 11:54 a.m. at the K-Mart department store, 2200 E. High St., in response to a call regarding a retail theft in progress. Witnesses who were not named said they had seen two women “stick items into a black bag and then leave the store without paying,” he reported.
The suspects exited the K-Mart parking lot by car; the witnesses followed them in another vehicle “west on East High Street until they were told to stop,” according to Musselman. During that time, however, they reported the suspects’ license plate number to Montgomery County dispatchers. While Musselman was still on the scene at K-Mart, Pottstown police “found the suspect car traveling in the 200 block of High Street and stopped it,” the officer wrote.
Inside were Whalen and Collopy. The value of the allegedly stolen items totaled $366.76, and the pair were arrested after Musselman spoke to officers on the scene and had “witness descriptions in hand.”
Whalen was committed to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA by on-call Magisterial District Justice Harold D. Borek of Lansdale. Collopy will be sent a summons to appear in court at a later date, Musselman said.