Blotter: Woman arrested after resisting arrest at Whole Foods

Joshua Irvine, Copy Chief

A woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon on multiple charges after attempting to steal a pair of energy bars from a Whole Foods in the 1600 block of Chicago Avenue.

Officers arrived at Whole Foods at 5:10 p.m. to find a woman being restrained by employees, said Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew. A 53-year-old employee of the establishment reported seeing the 24-year-old woman take two Love Good Fats chocolate chip cookie dough snack bars, valued together at $4, and leave the store without paying, Glew said.

The woman was stopped by employees and taken to the employee room, Glew said. A loss prevention officer employed by Whole Foods initially did not wish to press charges but wanted the woman’s personal information and a photo of her; the woman refused, Glew said, at which point police were called.

Upon arrival, Glew said officers reiterated the request for the woman’s personal information and photo; the woman again refused. Glew said an officer attempted to place the woman in handcuffs, but she tensed up and refused to assist. A second officer then approached the woman and attempted to aid his counterpart, but the woman pulled away and a struggle ensued, Glew said.

During the struggle, the woman fell and kicked at the officers, Glew said. The woman was advised to stop resisting arrest, Glew said, but she did not comply. The woman was then rolled onto her stomach and handcuffed, at which she ceased to resist, Glew said.

The woman was transported to the EPD station and charged with misdemeanor counts of retail theft, resisting arrest and battery to a police officer, Glew said. Her court date is set for June 18.

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