Deputies: Theft of synthetic marijuana ends with barricaded women

Elizabeth Ann Peele, 20, faces charges of petit theft and resisting an officer without violence.

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Elizabeth Ann Peele, 20, faces charges of petit theft and resisting an officer without violence.

Two women are accused of barricading themselves inside an East Naples apartment after one of them stole six packets of synthetic marijuana, according to an arrest report.

Around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a woman later identified as Elizabeth Ann Peele, 20, asked a clerk at the Kwik Pik convenience store, 3863 Bayshore Drive, if she could take a look at several bags of Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana. Peele then grabbed all six bags, valued at $150, stuffed them in her shirt and ran out the front of the store, an arrest report said.

The store’s owner began chasing Peele toward a wooded area, where she threw the six packets toward two other people and told the clerk, “I don’t have it anymore. You can’t stop me,” according to a deputy’s report.

The owner was almost hit by a car as he continued to chase Peele across Bayshore Drive, deputies said. The car’s driver then picked up the owner and they both pursued Peele until she stopped at 2800 Bayview Drive and ran into one of the units, according to a report.

A woman at the apartment later identified as Anjelica Paniagua Barnhart yelled at witnesses, telling them they needed a warrant and asking them to leave her friend alone, deputies said. Barnhart and Peele refused to exit the apartment for deputies, with Peele at one point trying to escape through a bathroom window, according to a report.

A deputy who put Peele in the back of his car while he continued to investigate later found her smoking inside his patrol car with a lighter and cigarettes she had stashed in her underwear, according to the report.

Peele, of an unknown address in Naples, faces charges of petit theft and resisting an officer without violence. Barnhart, of 2800 Bayview Drive, faces a charge of obstruction of an officer.

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