Cynthia A. Steiner, 37, was recently arraigned on charges of drug possession and theft after an alleged incident involving crack cocaine and white t-shirts on the local Walmart premises.
Steiner, of Frankfort, was originally arrested Feb. 23 by Washington C.H. police, according to reports, when officers were dispatched to the Leesburg Avenue Walmart in reference to a female ingesting drugs in a parked vehicle. Upon arrival officers saw the passenger of a vehicle place a pop can on the driver’s seat and a hypodermic needle in the center console. An officer advised the passenger of the vehicle to exit, and upon exiting the passenger allegedly held a hypodermic needle in her hand. The passenger was placed under arrest.
During this time, Steiner, the registered owner of the vehicle, came out of the Walmart carrying a store bag with a package of white t-shirts and a used cell phone.
While searching the vehicle, the officers reportedly found two hypodermic needles, a tourniquet, a baggy containing a white substance, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. Steiner was arrested.
An officer reviewed Walmart video surveillance and verified Steiner had been at the service desk without the package of white t-shirts, and then she took the t-shirts and walked directly out of the store without paying for them, according to reports.
Steiner was charged with possession of crack cocaine and theft. The passenger was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of a drug abuse instrument, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were transported to the Fayette County Jail.
Steiner was released from jail but failed to appear for a hearing March 8. The Washington C.H. Municipal Court issued bench warrants for Steiner.
On May 5, Washington C.H. police officers were dispatched to a residence on Broadway Street where Steiner was reportedly found overdosing. Steiner was treated by EMTs for the drug overdose. She refused hospital treatment and was taken to the Fayette County Jail, where she was later released.
A Fayette County grand jury indicted Steiner May 20 on the theft and possession of crack cocaine charges and she was arrested. She was arraigned May 23. Steiner is scheduled for a June 27 informal pre-trial hearing in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas.
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