A 33-year-old Jennings County woman faces charges of theft and possession of a hypodermic needle after an incident reported early Wednesday morning at a store in North Vernon, police report.
Angela D. Hernandez of North Vernon was detained by off-duty North Vernon Officer Justin Black after the incident reported about 1 a.m. at the Walmart Supercenter on North State Road 3.
According to a news release from Black, the department’s public information officer, he was getting ready to leave the store when he saw a woman activate the merchandise alarm as she walked out of the store.
After identifying himself to store employees and asking if they needed his assistance, Black said he saw the woman was quickly walking toward her vehicle in the parking lot.
Black said he stopped the woman and waited until officers Chris Campbell and Scott Willis arrived to assist at the scene.
Black said during the investigation officers found Hernandez had taken an air freshener, shift knob, fuse kit and a 12-pack of soft drinks totaling around $39.
The theft and possession of a hypodermic needle charges are both Class D felonies.
Hernandez was booked into the Jennings County Jail at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday. Her bond was set at $1,055.
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