Schneider charged with felony possession of drugs and theft

Nikki Jean Schneider, 27, Little Falls, was charged Feb. 4, with one felony count of fifth degree possession of drugs and one misdemeanor count of theft.

On Feb 2, a report of a shoplifting incident at Walmart was received by the Little Falls Police Department. When officers arrived on the scene, they were told the female suspect had driven behind the store.

While there, the suspect allegedly threw the stolen merchandise into another vehicle and both drove toward the exit of the parking lot.

Both vehicles were then blocked by police from leaving the parking lot.

The female suspect was identified as Schneider.

The loss prevention officer at Walmart told police officers he had observed  Schneider selecting items from the store and concealing them on her body and in her purse. She was  then observed walking out of the store without paying.

Both Schneider and her vehicle were searched and, according to the criminal complaint, officers located additional items stolen from Walmart. She was placed under arrest.

While searching the vehicle, officers then allegedly found a small box with five yellow and white capsules identified as Oxycontin, a schedule II controlled substance which cannot be possessed without a valid prescription.

If convicted, Schneider faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.