New Hartford, N.Y. Dec 29 2011— Four Utica women are facing charges in connection to a shoplifting incident at Sangertown Square last week during which a loss prevention officer was struck by a fleeing vehicle, New Hartford police said.
Charged after an investigation were Lakia Dickson, 24, petit larceny and harassment; Shaquayia Jackson, 20, petit larceny; Dijonnaie Spratt, 19, petit larceny; and Erica Austin, 22, the driver of the fleeing vehicle, reckless endangerment, unlicensed operation and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a personal injury motor vehicle accident.
All four women were released on tickets to appear in New Hartford Town Court at a later date.
New Hartford police were called to the Macy’s store at Sangertown Square shortly before noon on Dec. 23 for an injury stemming from a car accident, police said.
A loss prevention officer from Macy’s had been struck by a vehicle while attempting to stop several woman from shoplifting from the store, police said.
A description of the women and the fleeing vehicle was dispatched to other area police agencies, and the vehicle was later located and stopped on Steuben Street in Utica, police said.
Additional charges are pending further investigation.
Utica police, the New Hartford Fire Department and Edward’s Ambulance assisted police.
Source:Little Falls Times