Deputies use Taser on Estero woman accused of shoplifting packet of seasoning

Susan L. Johnson

Susan L. Johnson

An Estero woman accused of stealing as packet of seasoning was arrested at home Thursday after a Sweetbay store employee provided deputies with a name from an identification card.

Susan L. Johnson, 47, of the 20000 block of Estero Garden Circle, was charged with petty theft, resisting a merchant in the recovery of property and resisting a law enforcement officer without violence.

According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:

Deputies originally went to Sweetbay, 18751 Three Oaks Parkway, Fort Myers, about an employee being battered by a customer. The women fled in a car.

Sweetbay employee Darla Kraska said about 10 a.m. Thursday said staff told her they saw the suspect putting items in her purse. The woman, suspected of shoplifting previously, paid for some items and left. Kraska followed the woman and told her to return to the store. Kraska began to call 911 and saw the woman hit two employees who were trying to get her back into the store. Then she fled.

The woman was in the store earlier and produced an identification card with her name on it when paying with a credit card.

Deputies went to Johnson’s house where a man said he lives with her temporarily. At first the man said Johnson was not home, but then said she was hiding in the master bedroom closet. As deputies tried to coax Johnson out of the closet, she became violent and deputies used a Taser on her.

In the patrol car, she was hitting the windows, screen and doors, so deputies put leg irons on her.

It was not clear in the report why she was not charged with battery, nor how many other items she is accused of taking.

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