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Baltimore County woman allegedly participated in string of thefts

Heather Elizabeth Mellema
Heather Elizabeth Mellema (Courtesy Photo)

A Baltimore County woman was arrested March 22 after she was allegedly involved in a string of robberies, including one that targeted Walmart in Eldersburg.

Heather Elizabeth Mellema, 25, of Gwynn Oak, was charged with five counts including robbery, first-degree assault and theft between $1,500 and $25,000. She is being held without bail following a Wednesday bail review, according to electronic court records.

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According to the statement of charges, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded to Walmart at 6400 Ridge Road, Eldersburg on the night of Feb. 26 after employees reported a theft. Employees told police two men and one woman later identified as Mellema, obtained several boxed computers from the sales floor and began to leave through an emergency exit.

An employee followed them and yelled "Hey" hoping to stop them, and one of the men sprayed a substance believed to be pepper spray in the employee's direction, striking him in the face and affecting two customers standing near by. All three victims experienced a burning sensation in the areas that the spray came in contact with, according to the statement.

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The three suspects fled to a waiting vehicle outside the door. The total cost of lost merchandise was $1,846, according to the statement.

Investigators viewed surveillance video of the incident, which led them to connect the suspects to numerous similar thefts in the region. Carroll investigators partnered with Baltimore County Police, who took Mellema and other suspects into custody on March 22, according to the statement.

Whether charges have been filed for the two men allegedly involved in the Eldersburg robbery was not immediately clear.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 11.



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