Woman charged twice in the same day

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Chatham-Kent police say a local woman wound up with two different charges against her in a span of less than an hour yesterday.

Officers were called to Wal-Mart in Chatham about 5 p.m. in regard to a shoplifting complaint.

A woman, police say, concealed various cosmetic items in her purse and left the store without paying for them. The merchandise was valued at about $110.

A 34-year-old Chatham woman was charged with theft and possession of property obtained by crime. She was released on site, pending a future court date.

During the investigation, the arresting officer noticed the woman’s driver’s licence was suspended, so she was cautioned against driving.

But at 6 p.m., police allege the officer saw the same woman drive out of the parking lot. She was stopped on Pioneer Line and now faces charges of driving without validation on her plate, operating a motor vehicle without insurance, and two counts of driving while under suspension.

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