WALDOBORO, Maine — A Waldoboro woman is charged with multiple counts of robbery, burglary and other crimes after police say she broke into Hoffman Collectibles, stole $2,000 worth of dietary supplements, then dragged an employee when he reached into her car to stop her.
Karrie N. Prior, 23, was arrested Feb. 16 in the Hannaford supermarket parking lot on Route 1 in Waldoboro. She remained at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset on Tuesday morning, held on $5,000 cash bail.
Prior allegedly stole approximately $2,000 in dietary supplements known as “Johnny Bravo” and an undetermined amount of cash ready to be deposited in the bank, according to Michael Hoffman of Jefferson, who was in the building the day the alleged thefts occurred.
Waldoboro police responded that morning to a reported burglary at Hoffman Collectibles, according to court documents. Officer John Lash wrote in an affidavit that he found the rear door of the business open. While he was searching for a vehicle seen by a witness, police received another report that the store was again being robbed.
Deputy Jared Mitkus of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office allegedly identified Prior’s vehicle as being related to the incident and chased Prior until her vehicle crashed into a snowbank. She then ran from the car, according to the affidavit, and Mitkus caught her.
Hoffman, whose brother owns the store, told police that he heard Prior in the store and chased her out the front door. When he tried to stop her car by reaching in the window and grabbing the steering wheel, he was allegedly “dragged down the road by his right arm until she crashed,” according to court documents.
Hoffman was dragged a couple hundred feet, he told the Bangor Daily News on Tuesday. He was treated and released from a local hospital but said he continues to have trouble using his right arm.
Prior allegedly admitted to steal four packets of Johnny Bravo, a dietary supplement that Hoffman said claims to “boost energy.”
Prior is charged with two counts of Class B robbery, two counts of Class C burglary, as well as criminal mischief, theft, driving to endanger and violating a condition of release.
She is scheduled to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court in Wiscasset on May 1.