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The case began in February when police got in-store security video of two women who entered a local store and stole $926 in men's razor blades.

2nd sister charged in razor blade thefts

The sister of a woman recently charged in the theft and illegal resale of nearly $1,000 in razor blades from a local drugstore joined her sibling Tuesday with the same felony charges.

Samantha L. McAleer, 25, of Rensselaer was charged with theft and corrupt business influence for what police said was her role in a scheme with her sister, Nicole, 28, according to court documents filed Tuesday and Friday.

The case began in February when police got in-store security video of two women who entered a local Walgreens and stole $926 in men's razor blades.

From there, the two went to another Walgreens and stole $791 in razor blades, the probable cause affidavit said.

On March 5, police interviewed Nicole McAleer, and she admitted she stole the blades with her sister, Samantha, according to the affidavit.

Nicole told investigators she and her sister would take the razor blades to downtown Chicago and “sell them to the Indians for profit,” but she did not elaborate on why they went to Chicago or the specifics of the transactions, according to the report.

Neither woman was in custody Tuesday evening, according to officials at Allen County Lockup.