Columbus woman arrested on identity-deception, drug charges

A local woman is being held in lieu of $323,500 bond after being arrested on charges including shoplifting and identifying herself as a different person twice.

Lindsey P. Smith, 27, 2811 Taylor Road, is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of misdemeanor theft, felony identity deception, misdemeanor false informing and felony possession of methamphetamine, jail officials said.

Columbus police arrested Smith after being called to a westside store in the 2300 block of Merchants Mile about someone attempting to shoplift knives, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus police spokesman.

At about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Steve Norman and Lt. Joe Richardson located Smith when she attempted to leave the store parking lot in a vehicle, Harris said.

When the officers spoke to her, she identified herself using an Indiana identification card which belonged to another person, Harris said. After Smith was arrested, she later identified herself by another name, Harris said. Officers determined that name also was false and was the name of a person who was the victim of identity theft, he said.

Officers then identified the woman as Smith, and prior to taking her to the jail, searched her purse, Harris said. Officers found four knives believed to have come from the store, he said. Officers also found an eyeglass case containing syringes and a small amount of methamphetamine, he said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.