Police: Theft suspect fled on motorized shopping cart

Jan. 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

WARRENTON, Ore., Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Police in Oregon said a woman accused of a theft spree led officers on a brief low-speed chase when she attempted to flee on a motorized shopping cart.

Warrenton police said a worker at a Subway restaurant in Warrenton contacted police and said a woman had stolen $13 from the eatery's tip jar and attempted to use the case to purchase her $12.75 meal, the Daily Astorian reported Wednesday.

The woman was gone by the time police arrived but they soon heard reports of a woman matching the suspect's description stealing from a Fred Meyer store and causing a disturbance at a Rite Aid store.

Police said the woman then allegedly fled a Home Depot store in a motorized shopping cart loaded with merchandise. Police caught up to Laurie Ruth Chester, 59, while she was riding the low-speed vehicle on U.S. Highway 101.

Chester was arrested on two counts of third-degree theft, first-degree theft and disorderly conduct.

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