Shoplifting leads to charges

On June 11, a Ruston Police officer responded to a theft complaint at Family Dollar, 601 E. Georgia Ave. 

The complainant stated that the suspect, later identified as Maggie Harrell, 58, of Ruston, had stolen items from the store and left on foot toward North Farmerville Street. 

Another RPD officer arrived on scene first, making contact with Harrell near the South Farmerville Street bridge. Harrell was placed in restraints and brought to the officer’s patrol unit. 

Harrell admitted to having a knife on her person, and officers also found a long metal object that is commonly used for smoking crack cocaine, which had residue on it. 

Additionally, the Family Dollar manager stated that Harrell pushed her violently when she told Harrell not to leave the store without paying for the items. Harrell was on camera for the incident. The manager then produced a receipt for the recovered stolen items, which totaled $52. 

Harrell said she did steal the items but did not mean to push the manager. She was charged with shoplifting, simple battery and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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