November 21, 2014

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Woman pleads not guilty to assisting in shoplifting

MEDINA — A 29-year-old Ashland woman pleaded not guilty Monday to aiding in a hardware store theft that ended with a vehicle injuring a store employee.

Cristina Wolf is scheduled for a Dec. 23 trial before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on a count of complicity to rob, a third-degree felony punishable by three or more years in prison.

She has no previous felony record in Medina or Ashland counties.

Police said Wolf and Adam Thornton, 29, also of Ashland, were spotted stealing items at the Ace Hardware section of Buehler’s, 3626 Medina Road, Montville Township Aug. 13.

The store’s loss prevention officer said he followed the pair to a vehicle in the parking lot. When he identified himself, the vehicle moved forward, striking the employee’s legs.

“The loss prevention officer could not stop the suspects and they sped off with the merchandise still on their person,” a Montville Police officer reported. “The theft and confrontation outside the store are all on CCTV video.”

The officer was not seriously injured.

Wolf and Thornton were arrested by Ashland Police two days later and were taken to the Medina County Jail. They were indicted by a county grand jury Aug. 27.

Thornton pleaded not guilty to a third-degree robbery charge Sept. 5. He’s scheduled for a Nov. 11 trial before county Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler.

Thornton is being held at the county jail on $30,000 bond. Wolf was released Aug. 16 after paying 10 percent of a $15,000 bond.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.