Lenox woman faces larceny, drug charges after alleged shoplifting spree

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LENOX — A town woman is facing felony charges after she allegedly went on a shoplifting spree at a number of local businesses.

Ashley Williams, 31, of Orchard Street, was detained Monday afternoon by the owner of Lenox Village Integrative Pharmacy after she tried to steal several health care and beauty products, according to Police Chief Stephen O'Brien.

Lenox Police Officers Eric Kirby and Jacob Stringer took her into custody, and after her belongings were searched at the police station in connection with the arrest and to confirm her identity, the officers found merchandise shoplifted from other stores in downtown Lenox, apparently on the same day, the chief said. Police also discovered five packets of heroin, a supply for personal use.

"She had ingested something and was relatively incoherent, extremely uncooperative and resistant during the booking process," O'Brien stated.

Merchandise from different stores included clothing, jewelry, food as well as beauty products from the pharmacy, where she was caught in the act of shoplifting, he said.

O'Brien urged storeowners who are missing merchandise to contact Lenox police at 413-637-2346 to see if the items match what was retrieved from Williams' possessions.

Williams was charged with larceny over $250, a felony, as well as three misdemeanors — assault and battery on a police officer; resisting arrest and possession of a class A drug, heroin.

She was released on personal recognizance and scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington.

Contact Clarence Fanto at 413-637-2551.


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