Columbus police arrested James Shue, 52, of Bradley Circle and Carrie Miller, 41, of Midland Chase Loop on a felony charge of theft by shoplifting Thursday night.
According to a police report and testimony during Saturdays preliminary hearing in Columbus Recorders Court, an officer was dispatched at 9:30 p.m. to the Burlington Coat Factory store at 2911 Airport Thruway in reference to a possible theft.
During the investigation, police found merchandise without proper tags totalling $257.79 on the suspects. Shue, who testified that he has committed multiple violent crimes in his past, tried to protect Miller. He contended that she is innocent because she was under the impression that he would pay for the merchandise. Miller confirmed Shues story.
Judge Michael Joyner ordered Shue held on a $2,500 bond and reduced Mullers charge to a misdemeanor with a $500 bond.