April 17, 2014

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Daughter, mom face charges in theft

MEDINA — When Seville resident Elizabeth Riddell stopped at Buehler’s to get a hot dog Friday afternoon, her daughter, Maegan O’Meara, reportedly told her she wanted to go into the store to check out a new toothbrush.

Medina police Lt. Bob Starcher, referring to a police report, said when O’Meara emerged from the store at 275 Forest Meadows Drive, she jumped into the car where her mother was waiting and urged her to drive off, shouting “Go, go, go.”

O’Meara, 23, of 3010 Grace Lane, Seville, allegedly put a razor and allergy and antacid medications, items valued at less than $500, into her purse and left the store without paying for them, the report said.

Officers followed Riddell’s car down several nearby side streets before Riddell, 41, also of 3010 Grace Lane, pulled over, the report said.

Starcher said Riddell claimed she had no idea her daughter might have taken items from the store without paying.

O’Meara told police she had money and intended to pay for the items, and she was on probation for theft. She and her mother had just come from Medina Municipal Court after dealing with a charge of petty theft.

O’Meara was charged with theft for the Friday incident. Riddell was charged with complicity to commit theft.

Contact Judy A. Totts at (330) 721-4063 or jtotts@ohio.net.