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Woman home for Easter charged with shoplifting in St. Charles

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:14 p.m. CDT
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Carolyn Jean Ash

ST. CHARLES – An East Coast woman who traveled to St. Charles to spend Easter with her parents must return next month for a court appearance on a shoplifting charge, according to police and court reports.

According to a St. Charles police report, Carolyn Jean Ash, 28, of the 200 block of Laird Avenue, Cliffside Park, N.J., stole 11 items totaling $401 from Von Maur on Saturday.

She was charged with felony retail theft and taken to the Kane County Jail for morning bond call.

Ash reportedly told police that she came home from New Jersey for the weekend to be with her parents and to attend church with them.

"The entire time she was in custody, Ash repeatedly asked if she would be released in time for Easter church service tomorrow," police reported.

Police did not have an answer for her, according to the report.

The department store, 3810 E. Main St., St. Charles, told police Ash was also suspected of stealing merchandise on Thursday but wasn't detained at that time, police said.

Police reported that Ash admitted to stealing $92 in merchandise on Thursday and agreed to pay restitution on those items.

Ash is expected in court at 9 a.m. May 21 for a status hearing.

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