A Warrenville woman was detained for shoplifting for a third time after creating a scene in a North Augusta convenience store when approached by a store employee.
Cristine Faith Anderson, 26, of Turnbull Street, was charged with shoplifting and placed in the Aiken County detention center, where she remained Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sprint store on Jefferson Davis Highway in North Augusta, according to a report by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.
A store employee told officers she saw Anderson enter the store, walk around and place items into her purse. The store employee called law enforcement, approached Anderson as she walked toward the counter and asked for the merchandise.
Anderson “became irate and told her she didn’t have anything,” according to the report.
Anderson then “started yelling and asking (the employee) not to contact police,” and started throwing the items from her purse onto the floor, according to the report.
Anderson tried to leave and fell while pushing the employee out of the way, according to the report. The employee held Anderson while other employees locked the door until officers arrived, according to the report.
Officers were unable to speak with Anderson because she was crying so much, according to the report.
Officers got permission to search a bag belonging to a man who was at the store with Anderson and found a syringe along with some other items, according to the report.
Inside Anderson’s purse, officers found several items belonging to the store and numerous credit cards “belonging to listed others,” according to the report.
Anderson told officers she intended to steal the items until the man told her not to because they had money, according to the report.
She has additional shoplifting charges on her record with the Aiken Department of Public Safety and the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, as well as charges of grand larceny and burglary in North Augusta.
Anderson was arrested, and the man was released. Both were placed on trespass notice for the store.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.