For Immediate Release: 9/15/2017 11:51 pm
Worcester, MA (September 15, 2017) - On Friday, September 15, 2017, at approximately 10:56 AM, a Worcester Police officer was dispatched to a Stebbins Street address for a report of a breaking and entering into a motor vehicle that was still in progress. As police were on their way they were updated by dispatchers that the vehicle owner was now chasing the suspect on Thenius Street.
Upon the officers arrival they met with the victim. Police were told that family members just happened to look out their window of their home when they observed a female inside their vehicle. The vehicle was parked on the street.
The suspect was seen going through the center console. One of the family members ran out to the vehicle and opened the driver’s door. The family member asked the suspect what she was doing. The suspect replied that she was looking for her keys. The suspect tried to run away but was stopped by the female family member. The two females got into a struggle as the suspect tried to flee. The family member chased after her and caught up to her on Thenius Street. During the struggle the family member was punched in the face by the suspect.
The suspect was apprehended by the first arriving officers.
The suspect was identified as Amanda White, 35-years-old of 7 Duncan Street, Auburn. One of the officers at the scene recognized Ms. White as a suspect in a shoplifting incident that occurred earlier in the day at Walmart. In that incident, Ms. White attempted to place numerous items into a duffle bag and leave without paying for them. Ms. White was approached by Loss Prevention but she was able to run off. Most, but not all, of the items were recovered.
Police were told that there were no items missing from the vehicle that she was just in.
Ms. White was searched and officers recovered credit cards that did not belong to her. Officers contacted the person that was listed on the card. The officers were informed that their vehicle had been broken into the day prior and missing were some credit cards and other personal items. Police discovered recent receipts from purchases involving the recovered stolen credit card.
Ms. White was charged with Assault and Battery, Shoplifting, 2 Counts of Unauthorized Use of a Credit Card, and Breaking and Entering into a MV in the Nighttime with the Intent to Commit a Felony. Ms. White also had an outstanding arrest warrant in effect for Shoplifting.
The recovered items were returned to the owner of the prior MV break while some of the shoplifted items were returned back to the store.