(La Porte, IN) - Charges have been filed against a suspected pawnshop thief in La Porte.
Five days before Christmas, police say that Jennifer Lemond was inside Ameripawn at 2435 Monroe Street. A store worker left his cell phone, keys, and sweatshirt on the counter to help another customer. When he returned a short time later, the items were gone, police said.
Video footage from inside the store allegedly showed a woman walking into the store with a man with a known criminal history. The woman, later identified as Lemond, was captured by the surveillance camera taking the store worker’s belongings.
Police managed to reach Lemond on the phone, and she promised to return the items but never showed. As a result, the La Porte woman was charged in La Porte Circuit Court and could face anywhere from six months to 2 ½ years in prison.
According to police, Lemond has at least one prior theft-related conviction from 2009.