Police say woman used wheelchair cart for getaway

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Posted: Sep 10, 2014 4:37 PM

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police in Michigan say they arrested a shoplifting suspect following her slow-speed getaway in a $1,200 motorized wheelchair shopping cart taken from a Wal-Mart.

The Muskegon Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1wgjeQT ) says police located 46-year-old Shirley Mason about 2 miles away, riding the cart with $600 in clothing.

A customer called police Monday night to report someone riding a shopping cart from the lot at the store in Muskegon County's Fruitport Township.

Police say Mason told them she couldn't find anyone to pick her up from the store and took the wheelchair cart "because she didn't feel like walking."

Authorities say Mason told officers she planned to sell the clothing.

Mason is charged with organized retail crime and has a probable cause hearing Sept. 23.

Mason doesn't have a listed phone number.

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Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, http://www.mlive.com/muskegon