Woman Caught Stealing Shopping Cart Full of Cigarettes in Petoskey

A woman is in jail after police say they caught her robbing an Emmet County store.

The owner of Tom & Dick’s Party Store in Petoskey says one of their regulars used a rock to smash through their front window around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

An employee at a shop business across the street saw it happen and called police. 

They owners say the woman went into the store and filled a shopping cart with more than $2,000 in products, mostly cigarettes.

She was still in the store when police arrived.

“She was in no hurry to get in and out. She was very cavalier and very slow-paced about the break-in. She frequents the store often so it was disappointing. I had a couple hours, we don’t open until eight o’ clock. It took me a couple hours to clean up the glass and get reorganized, but we were able to open on time,” said owner Keith Braddock.

The woman is facing one count of breaking and entering with intent, which is a 10 year felony.

Her bond is set at $10,000.