MENTOR, Ohio - An 87-year-old woman from Chardon who has been convicted of shoplifting four times is facing new criminal charges out of Mentor.
June Kurtz has been charged with two counts of theft and one count of criminal trespassing for an incident that allegedly happened April 5 at the Great Lakes Mall. She appeared in court on the charges this week.
Kurtz's probation officer told NewsChannel5 that she allegedly stole retail items, like clothes, from both the Macy's and Dillard's department stores. Police confronted her in the Macy's parking lot.
"It doesn't matter how old you are, the race, male, female, she committed an offense, shoplifting offense, she's got priors, she's placed under arrest," Sgt. Michael Kloski with the Mentor Police Department said.
Police said she took more than $400 worth of merchandise from those two stores.
The criminal trespassing charge was added because Kurtz was banned from Dillard's due to a previous incident at the store.
Here are Kurtz's previous convictions, according to her probation officer:
- 1999: Convicted of petit theft
- 2007: Convicted of petit theft
- 2010: Convicted of petit theft
- 2011: Convicted of petit theft
Kurtz's probation officer, Peter Dragar, said Kurtz has sought counseling for shoplifting in the past.
"There are other issues behind the scenes, some family related issues that I think she's had problems in dealing with," Dragar said.
Kurtz is currently out of jail and awaiting her next hearing May 7 at 9 a.m.
NewsChannel5 contacted her by phone, and she said she did not want to comment.