Retail theft leads to drug arrest
A Lansford woman caught shoplifting in Tamaqua faces more serious charges after being found to be in possession of drugs.
Police were called to the Rite Aid Store, 205 Center St., at 12:50 p.m. on March 3 for a retail theft in progress. The suspect was described as a woman wearing a gray hoodie and black leggings.
The woman was still in the store when officers arrived and identified as Gemile Mehmeti, 31, of Lansford.
Mehmeti denied stealing anything, but the bulges in her hood jacket turned out to be eye shadow, lip gloss and mascara. A search was made of the pink handbag she was carrying, which revealed several other items from the store, along with multiple wax paper baggies with the logo “Its hot” on them.
She was charged with retail theft, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The total value of the stolen items was $70.75.