Two Braintree women and two girls allegedly tried to shoplift from Marshall's last Thursday afternoon, and when confronted by store employees one of the women allegedly hit a worker with her car door.
Ethel L. McLaurin, 66, of Braintree, was arrested and charged with shoplifting (second offense), assault and battery and assault with a dangerous weapon, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement. The other woman and the girls were scheduled to be summonsed to court and their names were not released.
McLaurin and a 46-year-old Braintree woman, both known to store employees, according to Jenkins, went around Marshall's with a 10-year-old and 16-year-old girl putting merchandise into McLaurin's handbag. The 10-year-old was also seen putting items into her bag, Jenkins said.
"The group then exited the store with employees close behind," Jenkins said. An employee confronted McLaurin and her companions outside and asked them to come back inside the store with her, but they refused."
At that point, McLaurin allegedly struck an employee with the door of her Ford Explorer and then almost hit the employee with the vehicle when she backed out of her parking space, Jenkins said.
Officers later tracked McLaurin down at her home, where they arrested her.