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One woman charged in razor-blade thefts

They walked into the drugstore, looked around and then, trying to be stealthy, slipped more than $900 worth of men’s razor blades into their purses.

In a flash, they were gone.

Then the two women went to a drugstore down the road and did the same thing, taking off with nearly $800 worth of razor blades.

Days later, they were at it again, stealing nearly $350 worth of razor blades from a different store.

What do you do with so many razor blades?

In this case, sell them.

Months ago, Allen County police sought the public’s help in identifying two women seen in surveillance video stealing the razor blades.

On Friday, Allen County prosecutors formally charged one of the women with felony counts of corrupt business influence and theft.

Nicole McAleer, 28, from Dyer, now has a warrant for her arrest.

According to Allen Superior Court documents, McAleer and another woman went to two southwest-side Walgreens stores on Feb. 25 and stole $926 worth of razor blades from one store and $791 worth from the other.

On March 5, they entered a Walgreens store on Paulding Road, the court documents say.

An eagle-eyed employee at the store recognized one of the women from a television news report, according to police, and officers were called to the store.

That day, detectives interviewed McAleer, and she admitted to the thefts, according to the court documents.

McAleer laid out to detectives her motive for the theft in court documents:

“She also admitted to taking the razor blades to downtown Chicago and selling the razor blades to the ‘Indians’ for a profit,” investigators wrote in the affidavit.

Court records did not elaborate further.

While the other woman committing the thefts with McAleer is identified in court documents as her sister, she has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

McAleer had not been booked into Allen County Jail as of Friday evening.

Her warrant calls for her to be released on her own recognizance once that happens.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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