Shoplifter caught with drug paraphernalia at Target

Michelle Young

A shoplifter complaint at the Southington Target led to an arrest for larceny, assault, and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Sunday, Nov. 18, Southington police arrested Michelle Young, 29, of Bristol for charges related to the incident.

Police received a report of a shoplifter at approximately 8:19 p.m. from the Target at 600 Executive Blvd. when asset protection employees observed Young entering the store with an empty bag and concealing multiple cans of baby formula in the bag. She then walked to the frong of the store and passed all points of purchase without attempting to pay for the merchandise concealed within the bag.

Young was approached by the Target employees, and as they attempted to detain her, Young began to resist, scratching at one employee with her fingernails. She broke free, entered a vehicle, and began to drive from the store. At some point, Young dropped the bag containing the merchandise as she ran out of the store.

Young’s vehicle was subsequently stopped by officers at the intersection of Executive Boulevard and West Street. During the course of the stop, officers found a glass smoking pipe in Young’s coat which tested positive for the presence of cocaine. The Asset Protection employee sustained several scratches and cuts to the hands, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Merchandise recovered totaled $107.76, and included three containers of Similac Formula at $16.99 apiece and three containers of Enfamil Formula at $18.93 each.

Young was charged with sixth degree larceny, second degree breach of peace, third degree assault, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was held on a $2,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on Nov. 19.