Lufkin woman commits robbery for meds, police say

Earline Garcia mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Earline Garcia mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman tried to run over a grocery store employee Monday in an attempt to avoid being arrested for stealing four packages of medication, according to Lufkin Police.

Earline Garcia, 26, is charged with robbery, a second-degree felony.

According to the police report, an officer responded to Brookshire Brothers, located in the 800 block of North Timberland Drive, in reference to a theft. When the officer arrived he learned the suspect, identified as Garcia, had fled the area.

An employee told the officer he saw Garcia conceal merchandise in her purse and exited the store without paying. The employee followed her to her vehicle and demanded she return the merchandise. According to the report, Garcia gave him three packages of Orajel and one bottle of QC Pain Relief tablets. When the employee told her police had been notified, he said she left the parking lot in her vehicle, twice trying to strike him with the vehicle.

The employee was not struck and not injured.

The officer  located Garcia at her Hoskins Street residence and took her into custody for the robbery charge, as she allegedly placed another in fear of bodily injury while in the course of committing theft.

"If she had just turned herself in for stealing the medication, it would've probably just been a Class C misdemeanor, instead of robbery," police spokesman J.B. Smith said.

Garcia was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Monday afternoon for the charge of robbery and 13 Lufkin Municipal Court warrants, which included four warrants for unrestrained child, four for failure to maintain financial responsibility, two for expired motor vehicle inspection, and one each for failure to control speed, disregard traffic device and no driver's license.

Garcia was cited for failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to control speed when she crashed into the Charanza Law Office on Feb. 4.

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