Police Charge Pottstown Woman, 26, With Theft

POTTSTOWN PA – A 26-year-old Pottstown woman, whom Lower Pottsgrove Township police allege attempted Monday (Oct. 27, 2014) at about 6:20 p.m. to steal pain relievers from a local merchant, now suffers from a new headache: she faces a misdemeanor charge of retail theft, department Sgt. Timothy Walters reported.

Police: Pottstown Woman Arrested For Alleged TheftOfficers arrested Sarah Erskine at the Dollar General Store in the North End Shopping Center, 1300 N. Charlotte St., after they claimed employees there saw her conceal a $3 package of pain relief medicine in her purse and sought to leave without paying for it. Surveillance video from Dollar General cameras show Erskine “selecting the pain relievers from the store shelf then placing them into her purse,” Walters noted in a press release.

Erskine did pay for another item in the store, the sergeant added, “but made no attempt to remove the item from her purse and pay for it.” As store personnel approached her, Walters said, she “walked into an aisle and discarded the pain relievers onto a shelf.”

During their investigation, police said they learned Erskine had a prior arrest and conviction for a retail theft that occurred during 2013, which prompted them to elevate the level of their charge. She was transported to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville for central processing and a video arraignment, according to Walters.

She reportedly is scheduled for a hearing at a later date in the Sanatoga courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.

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