Update: Suspected shoplifter arrested in Auburn

AUBURN, AL (WXTX) - On Thursday, July 24, Auburn Police arrested Jennifer L. Villarreal, 34, from Opelika on a felony warrant charging her with robbery second degree.

Police responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress at a business in the 1700 block of S. College St. They say an employee observed a woman shoplifting, and tried to confront her. An acquaintance allegedly assisted Villarreal, who was able to flee the scene.

Villarreal was arrested while in custody in the Lee County Jail on unrelated charges. Her bond was set at $50,000.

Original Story:

On Tuesday, July 22 the Auburn Police Division arrested 61-year-old James D. Patterson from Opelika on a felony warrant for Robbery Second Degree.

At approximately 6:20 p.m. police responded to a call of a shoplifting in progress at a business located in the 1700 block of S College Street.  Responding officers were informed that an unknown female physically resisted being stopped by a store loss prevention officer after she was observed leaving the business after taking property valued more than $45.

Patterson, an acquaintance of the unknown female, was taken into custody by police and charged with robbery second degree after it was determined that he aided her in the shoplifting by physically restraining the loss prevention officer, allowing her to flee the scene in a vehicle.

The loss prevention officer was not injured in the incident and the property was recovered.

The case is currently being investigated by the Detective Section of the Auburn Police Division and additional arrests are expected.

Patterson was transported to the Lee County Detention Facility where his bond was set at $50,000.

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