Woman attempts to steal from Kroger while partially naked
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KATV) - Little Rock police arrested a woman after finding her attempting to steal bandages while half-naked in a Kroger store.
Police were originally called out to a burglary alarm at Ciao Baci, located near the Kroger on Beechwood Street, and found a window to the business had been busted.
While they were investigating this, officers were told there was a white female in Kroger who was partially naked and trying to steal merchandise.
Police made contact with the woman, identified as 26-year-old Philadelphia Shields. She was found near the first-aid items in Kroger and was wearing men's underwear, one flip-flop and a long sweater that was left open in the front. Authorities say she had a bandage in one hand, a flashlight in her possession and potting soil on her right cheek and left foot.
When she was confronted, Shields handed over the bandage, saying she was waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up and pay for it. When asked why she had dirt on her face, she reportedly replied she and her boyfriend were into fetishes where they throw dirt on each other and film it.
Police say Shields appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, so they placed her in handcuffs and put her in the patrol car.
While investigating further, officers learned a worker was unloading products in the back of the store when Shields popped out from behind a dumpster. He reported seeing her walk to the front of the store, grab receipts and rub them on her body, and try to steal bandages for a swollen foot. He was trying to keep her from leaving the store with the products when police came.
Officers say they also found video showing Shields shining her flashlight inside the window of Ciao Baci and using a flower pot to break the window.
She was taken into custody for commercial burglary, theft of property, public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
The Kroger told police it wants her banned from the store.