A Canton woman who assaulted a store employee at Aurora Farms Premium Outlets in Aurora in January when he attempted to stop her for stealing merchandise has pleaded guilty to a felony robbery charge.
Dinah D. Shipman, 48, recently pleaded guilty in Portage County Common Pleas Court to robbery, a third-degree felony. Judge Laurie Pittman ordered a pre-sentence investigation, and also ordered Shipman be interviewed for court-ordered drug treatment at the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program in Warren.
Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci said Shipman was arrested by Aurora police after fighting with a loss prevention officer on Jan. 18. Shipman was suspected of stealing two pairs of True Religion jeans from the Saks Off Fifth outlet store, he said, and was caught in the act.
Shipman fought with the employee, and police were called, Vigluicci said. Responding officers took her into custody, and a search of her vehicle "found other bags containing merchandise from other stores," including Coach, Nike, Michael Kors and the Cosmetic Company.
The stolen merchandise totaled more than $1,000, according to Aurora police. Officers also found wire cutters used to remove store security tags and a pipe used to smoke crack cocaine, according to court records.
Shipman was indicted on the robbery charge, as well as one count each of receiving stolen property and possessing criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies, by a Portage County grand jury on Jan. 24.
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