Police: Woman took more than $900 of merchandise from store

A local woman was arrested after she was accused of attempting to steal more than $900 worth of merchandise from Carson’s department store.

Officer Clayton Nolting was sent to Carson’s, 2104 25th St., at about 7 p.m. Wednesday where store security told him that Tina M. Spears, 39, 1804 Home Ave., had been detained, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Store security employees told Nolting that Spears had selected a large amount of merchandise and left the store without paying for the items, Harris said. Spears was combative with store security before they restrained her in handcuffs, Harris said.

Spears was arrested on charges of theft and three Bartholomew County warrants, Harris said.

Those warrants were for:

  • Failure to appear on unlawful possession of a syringe, driving while suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Failure to appear on conversion
  • Failure to appear on violation of probation

Spears is being held without bond in the Bartholomew County Jail, jail officials said.

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