MILFORD, Del. - Two women were arrested, after police say they were in possession of stolen property from two businesses, in Milford.
The Milford Police Department says on Monday, they responded to Family Dollar, on Northeast Front Street, in reference to a ongoing shoplifting incident. Before arriving on scene, police learned that the two female suspects had fled from the store, on foot. Once on scene, police learned that an employee followed the suspects to their vehicle in the parking lot. According to the report, one suspect fled on foot while the other remained at the vehicle.
Authorities say that both 42-year-old Shawna Shirey, of Lincoln, and 35-year-old Lauren Merchant, of Georgetown, were arrested. After further investigation, police say the two women hid the stolen items in their purses, and they were reportedly in possession of more stolen property from Big Lots, on North DuPont Boulevard, in Milford. Officials say that the property in both incidents was valued at less than $1,500. Police then learned that Shirey was also in possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the report, both women had active warrants.
Officials say that Shirey and Merchant were charged with possession of shoplifters' tools or instruments, conspiracy second degree, shoplifting under $1,500 remove goods, wares, or merchandise, and receiving stolen property under $1,500. Shirey was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia- non-marijuana related.
According to the report, Shirey was given a $1,000 unsecured bail on the new charges, a $2,0995 cash bail only, and $1,000 secured bail in reference to her warrants. Officials say Merchant was given a $1,000 unsecured bail on the new charges and a $83 cash bail only on her warrants, which she was able to post and was released from custody.
Shirey was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on her cash and secured bails.
Both women are scheduled to appear in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas at a later date for their new charges, and were given new court dates for their warrants.
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