Shoplifter ID’s herself as husband’s ex-wife

Wendy S. Lockridge (Photo courtesy: Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A woman arrested for shoplifting at a Fort Wayne Walmart identified herself as her husband’s ex-wife when she was actually the man’s current wife.  The ex-wife then ended up getting arrested when the real wife failed to show up for court.

According to the affidavit for probable cause, on July 23, Wendy S. Lockridge, 33, of Fort Wayne, walked out of the Walmart at Southtown Crossing with clothes, food, and liquor. A Walmart loss prevention officer said Lockridge did not pay for the items.

Police said Lockridge told the Walmart employee that her name was Amanda Cruse. A Fort Wayne Police Department officer took Lockridge to the Allen County Jail where she provided police with Cruse’s social security number and date of birth. Lockridge also signed multiple documents using the signature “Amanda Cruse.”

When Lockridge failed to appear for her court date, a warrant was issued for Cruse’s arrest.

According to police, the real Amanda Cruse was arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

The Allen County Sheriff’s Department faxed a photo of Lockridge to Wayne County and officers determined that Cruse and Lockridge were two different people.

Police showed Cruse a picture of Lockridge. She identified the woman as Lockridge, who is the wife of Cruse’s ex-husband.

According to the probable cause, Cruse gave the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department her fingerprints. A fingerprint examiner said the fingerprints from the Walmart shoplifting incident belonged to Lockridge, not Cruse.

Lockridge faces the following charges:

  • Theft, a class D felony
  • False Reporting, a class A misdemeanor

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