Lindsay A. Nickles, 33, of 314 N. Park St., was charged July 26 with theft.
Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department were called to Dollar General, 308 N. Main St., at 1:15 p.m. and met with Carrie King of Bellefontaine.
King had been shopping at the store and left her $350 wallet with $150 in cash at the checkout counter. She realized the mistake when she reached her car and returned to the store. Nickles was behind her in the checkout and was leaving as King returned.
Nickles denied seeing the wallet and continued on.
A review of the store’s surveillance videos showed Nickles conceal King’s wallet in her purse.
Officers confronted Nickles at her residence and she claimed she threw it in a yard along an alley on her way home from the store.
The wallet was then allegedly found by her children and returned to her residence while officers were out with Nickles searching for it.
It contained identification for King and store loyalty cards but no cash nor Social Security cards for King and her children.
A search of Nickles’ residence did not locate any missing items.
Man lodged on warrant
Nicholas Morris, 37, of 408 Walker St., was lodged in jail July 27 on a failure to appear warrant. He was stopped around 3:40 p.m. on U.S. Route 33 when an officer spotted him driving a car.
A pipe associated with methamphetamine abuse was found in the car as officers took inventory of it prior to towing.
Morris was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and issued a citation for no operator’s license.