The Chesterton and Portage police departments are seeking the woman who is
stealing cigarettes from local gas stations.
Three such thefts were reported on Monday, all committed by a woman
described as a white female, around 5’ 5’’ in height, with brown or blonde
The first theft was reported at 7:45 p.m. Monday at the Family Express at
1681 Pioneer Trail, the CPD said. The suspect requested two cartons of
Marlboro cigarettes and attempted to pay for them with a card which she
swiped twice. On both occasions the card returned “Insufficient Funds.” At
that point the woman grabbed the two cartons, fled the store, and left the
scene in a blue passenger car driven by another person, police said. The car
was last seen westbound on 1100N, heading in the direction of Ind. 49.
The second theft occurred at 11:20 p.m. at the Speedway at 752 Indian
Boundary Road, the CPD said. On this occasion the suspect requested two
cartons of Newports and swiped an unknown kind of card, which failed to
register. Again the suspect grabbed the cigarettes and fled. This time,
however, she entered the passenger’s side of an older red Mazda station
wagon, which ran a red light at the intersection of Council Drive and was
last seen westbound on Indian Boundary Road at a high rate of speed.
The third theft was committed at 12:09 p.m. at the Family Express at 6250
Ameriplex Drive, the PPD said. Here the suspect asked for two cartons of
Kool Green XL cigarettes and was told by the clerk there were only 11 packs
left. The suspect said that she’d take them and then waved a debit card
“near” the reader, prompting the clerk to tell the suspect “that the number
pad did not work like that.” Once again, the suspect took the cigarettes and
fled, entering the passenger’s side of a red car--a station wagon-type
vehicle--parked directly in front of the building. That vehicle was last
seen southbound on Ind. 249.
Two clerks described the woman as being in her early thirties. One said that
she had long dirty blonde hair and was wearing a black jacket and pajama
The total loss at the three stores: $300.17.