Published: Oct 04, 2012 12:21 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 04, 2012 1:33 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested 41-year-old Paula Ann Chierico, of 24486 Tangerine Avenue, for stealing $467 in items from Kohl’s Department Store and also found Methamphetamine in her purse.

Kohl’s security called CCSO at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday after they witnessed a woman select multiple items from racks and filled her shopping cart, including a set of $80 bed sheets. Security watched as the woman took the bed sheets to the customer service desk and fraudulently returned them; she received store credit for the sheets. She then pushed the cart to checkout and paid for several items in her shopping cart, but did not attempt to pay for all of the items. She exited the store without paying for three pairs of Nike shoes, a J-Lo sweater and dress, and Angel jeans.

Security detained her until deputies arrived. A search was made of Chierico’s purse and deputies found Methamphetamine. She was transported to the Charlotte County Jail and charged with Grand Theft, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She posted a $6,000 bond and was released.

Anyone with knowledge of illegal drug activity is asked to please call the CCSO Narcotics Unit at 941-575-2157, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).