Crime

Shoplifter tries to stab store employee

A Rutland woman later found to be in possession of heroin was charged with aggravated assault after a Rutland store employee confronted her about an alleged theft, state police say.

Vermont State Police received a report at 6:47 pm Dec. 22 of an active retail theft from Joanne Fabrics retail store in Rutland Town. Troopers learned that Valerie Sullivan, 36, of Rutland tried to stab employee Sarah McClure, 28 of Rutland with a knife in the parking lot when she was confronted regarding the theft.

Troopers arrived on scene and took Sullivan into custody. Further investigation revealed Sullivan committed additional retail thefts at Bed Bath and Beyond and Michaels retail stores. Sullivan was found to be in possession of heroin. Sullivan was lodged at the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail.

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