A Martins Ferry woman arrested for shoplifting was also wanted on drug trafficking charges out of Belmont County.
Tina Rutan, 47, reportedly tried to steal several electronic items from the Walmart at the Highlands. A loss prevention associate said he watched Rutan in the electronics department peering at several items. The associate said he was one aisle away when he heard a package being opened, and when he went over to that aisle, Rutan quickly began walking away.
On the way, she dropped what appeared to be an anti-theft device used to trigger the security system.
The associate followed Rutan to the front of the store, and detained her for shoplifting. The associate got a Sirius XM radio receiver that had been removed from its packaging, and a set of Silver-Star headlight replacement bulbs that had been partially opened.
When she was arrested at the store, officers found the outstanding warrant out of Belmont County. Rutan is wanted there for two counts of trafficking drugs.
Rutan’s purse was searched for weapons where two pairs of wire/cable cutters were found in the pockets. The tool is commonly used by thieves to remove anti-theft security devices prior to removing them from stores.
She was arraigned by Magistrate Joe Roxby and placed in the Northern Regional Jail under $17,500 bond.