Police: Woman stole $400 from produce stand

FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – Police arrested a woman after she stole around $400 from a fruit and vegetable stand in Franklin on Saturday.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department, Rayna J. Russell approached a woman who was working at the stand and asked her if she could have some money for gas because she was almost out.

The woman said she started walking towards her home to see if she could find a gas can. She said Russell then reached over the stand table and grabbed the black cash box. Russell then fled the scene in a truck.

The victim gave police a description of the vehicle and Russell. Police were able to find Russell driving near SR 252 and SR 135 and pulled her over.

During the traffic stop, police found out Russell was driving while suspended with an indefinite, altered interim license plate on the truck. Police also found a lighter and a hypodermic needle in her pocket. Russell told the officer the needle was for meth.

During a search of Russell’s car, police found scales two more needles, a butane lighter and the black cash box from the produce stand.

While officers searched Russell at the jail, they found $330 in cash in her bra and marijuana in her underwear. According to police, while at the jail, Russell said she hadn’t had meth for 12 hours and she was going to start withdrawing.

Officials said Russell was charged with conversion, altered registration plate, possession of a hypodermic needle, and possession of marijuana.

Russell’s bond amount was doubled because she was on probation in Marion County, according to police.

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