Notice to would-be shoplifters: When fleeing from Safeway store employees with a cart full of $457 worth of goods, don't leave your purse and identification behind.
That, according to Lodi police, is what led them to arrest a 28-year-old woman on theft charges Sunday night.
Christina Hietbrink, a local bartender, was subsequently arraigned in court Monday on several charges.
Officers were called at 9:53 p.m. to the 2449 W. Kettleman Lane store, where employees said two women had tried to make off with a cartload of groceries and other items.
Employees had seen the women shopping and thought they were suspicious, so they gave chase when the women headed for the door rather than the check-out, according to a police report.
The shopping cart's wheels locked when it reached the limits of the parking lot, a measure used to keep people from wheeling carts home with them. Employees tried to grab the cart as Hietbrink and the other woman began tossing items into a white Ford Explorer, according to police.
Then Hietbrink got behind the wheel of the car, the other woman also jumped in, and they sped away with one rear door still open, according to Officer Hans Van Noord's report.
Employees found a black purse still sitting in the cart and called police.
Van Noord looked through the purse, found Hietbrink's driver's license inside, and dispatchers cross-referenced it with a Ford Explorer as well as her Zinfandel Drive home.
Van Noord headed to the home but saw a vehicle matching that description on Lakeshore Drive. The vehicle's registration tags were expired, so he pulled it over.
Hietbrink was in the driver's seat, but the other woman was gone, police said. Instead, a man was in the vehicle. He told police he had no idea what was going on, and Safeway employees hadn't described seeing a man, so he was released at the scene.
Hietbrink was arrested after a store employee identified her.
Inside the vehicle, police found some Tide laundry detergent, a bottle of Clorox bleach and a container of Pennzoil motor oil, still resting where store employees had seen items tossed into the vehicle. They totaled $23.02.
Store employees totaled the groceries left behind in the parking lot at $434.13.
The vehicle was impounded, since Hietbrink was driving on a suspended license, police said.
Prosecutors on Monday charged her with a felony count of attempted grand theft, along with misdemeanors of petty theft and driving on a suspended license, according to San Joaquin County court records.
As for the other woman, Hietbrink allegedly told police she didn't know her last name or where she lived.