Woman Accused of Trying to Rob Target During ‘Shop With a Cop’ Event Hospitalized

December 20, 2017 Updated: December 20, 2017

A woman arrested on Tuesday, Dec. 19, for trying to steal $1800 worth of merchandise from a Target store in Framingham, Massachusetts—while around 65 police officers were on hand for a childrens’ charity event—has been rushed to hospital from court, after telling officers she swallowed bags of drugs, David Robichaud of WBZ-TV reported via his Twitter account at 9:10 a.m. local time on Dec. 20.

Minutes earlier, Robichaud reported via his Twitter account that the presiding judge had set the woman’s bail at $250 after the woman’s defense attorney said the woman was unable to afford the $500 cash bail that prosecutors had called for during a bail hearing the day after her arrest.

Melissa Allen, 32, was apprehended by deputies as she tried to leave the Rte. 30 store with a buggy containing a range of items, including clothes and electronics, WCVB5 reported.

Police said they also found her carrying stolen jewelry, according to CBSBoston.

Allen was caught during the “Shop with a Cop” event, at which officers played Santa’s elves to more than 180 needy children.

The accused walked into the store during the event and spoke to several of the officers on hand, said Framingham police spokeswoman Lt. Patricia Grigas, according to MetroWest Daily News.

“You couldn’t have walked into Target and not know there was something going on,” said Grigas. “There were cops in uniform everywhere.”

She then allegedly filled a large Rubbermaid container with over $1800 worth of goods and attempted to push it out of the store in a shopping cart without paying, police said, according to CBSBoston.

When store security stopped Allen, she “put up a stink,” and then fought with police, kicking a police cruiser door several times, Grigas told reporters.

Allen has been charged with larceny of property worth more than $250, resisting arrest, and providing police a false name during booking.

During her arraignment Wednesday in Framingham District Court, prosecutors told the court Allen has a criminal history.

The defense called her a “victim of the opioid crisis.”

Not long after the judge set bail, it was reported that Allen had been taken to the hospital.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned.