On August 7, 2017 at approximately 11:53 am, the Milford Police Department Patrol Division was dispatched to Family Dollar, located at 237 NE Front St. Milford, Kent County, DE reference to a shoplifting in progress. As officers were en route to the business, it was learned that the two female suspects had fled from the store. It was learned that one of the employees from Family Dollar had followed the suspects to their vehicle which was located in the parking lot. It was learned that one of the suspects then took off on foot and the other remained at the vehicle. The suspect that ran on foot was apprehended by responding units in the area of Bicentennial Park. Both suspects were taken into custody and identified as Shawna Shirey, 42 of Lincoln, DE, and Lauren Merchant, 35 of Georgetown, DE. Investigation revealed that that the two females shoplifted multiple items from the store by concealing the items in their purses/handbags. The total theft was determined to be under $1500. Some of the shoplifted items were recovered by officers. Further investigation revealed that the two females were in possession of stolen property from Big Lots located at 631 N DuPont Blvd. Milford, DE 19963. It was determined that this property was also valued at less than $1500.00. Both females were taken into custody in reference to this incident.
Further investigation revealed that Shirey was in possession of drug paraphernalia. It was also learned that both females had active court capiases for their arrests. Both females were charged with Possession of Shoplifters’ Tools or Instruments, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Shoplifting Under $1500 Remove Goods, Wares, or Merchandise, and Receiving Stolen Property Under $1500. Shirey was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- Non-Marijuana Related. Both females were arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 2. Shirey was given a $1000.00 USC unsecured bail on the new charges and $2095.00 cash bail only and $1000.00 secured bail reference to her capiases. Merchant was given a $1000.00 USC unsecured bail on the new charges and an $83.00 USC cash bail only on her capias, which she was able to post and was released from custody. Shirey was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of her cash and secured bails. Both females were ordered to appear in Kent County Court of Common Pleas at a later date in reference to their new charges. They were also given new court dates in reference to their capiases.