Brittani N. Stroup, of Washington C.H., appeared in Fayette County Common Pleas Court Monday after she allegedly stole the donation jar from Tim Hortons and bit the employee who tried to stop her.
Stroup, 36, told Washington C.H. police that she went into the Tim Hortons, 520 Clinton Ave., April 6 and took a money case off the counter, according to reports. She said she was going to take it but the workers came out and grabbed her, so she threw the box down and ran from the area.
An employee said he was in the back of the Tim Hortons and saw Stroup come inside, begin to move the donation box around and cut it from the wire chain that secured it to the counter. He said Stroup concealed the donation box and began to leave, and he ran outside after her and attempted to block her getaway. He said Stroup bit him on his right bicep.
The officer reported to have observed red marks on his arm that appeared to be from a bite mark.
A customer who was sitting at a table inside the Tim Hortons reported hearing the employee telling Stroup to give the donation jar back. The customer called police dispatch after seeing the employee run after Stroup in the parking lot outside.
Officers reviewed the surveillance tape and identified the offender as Stroup, and observed her use wire snips to cut the chain from the donation box, reports said. Officers were unable to locate Stroup after she fled the area. The report said the donation jar contained less than $100.
Stroup was indicted in April by a Fayette County grand jury on charges of robbery, possessing criminal tools, and theft.
Stroup also appeared on an indictment for a charge of escape after she allegedly fled the hospital April 10 after being transported from the jail for an injury she claimed occurred in the jail. Fayette County Emergency Medical Services transported her to the hospital and she left soon after arrival, the report said.
Officers were able to locate Stroup after she reportedly used a phone associated with her name to call Donato’s Pizza.
The matter is pending trial July 6.
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