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ROCKLAND Me. Oct. 13, 2007 -- A woman from Rockland could face serious time in jail for shoplifting. Amanda French was in court Friday afternoon, accused of class-a robbery, the most serious felony charge available.


Police say the 20-year-old was spotted Thursday afternoon by employees at the J.C. Penney store in Rockland, trying to stuff clothing into a backpack. When store security people confronted French in the parking lot, she allegedly tried to fight them off and get away. "It turned into a scuffle as she was trying to enter her vehicle. Security was trying to keep her from entering the vehicle and actually almost climbed in the vehicle with her," said Dep. Chief Wally Tower of the Rockland Police Department.In court Friday, the prosecutor said the car was driven by French's mother. Police say all three security workers sustained minor injuries in the scuffle. They say French's use of force to escape with the clothing changed the crime from misdemeanor shoplifting to robbery.Police say French hit one of the security people in the face, clawed another on the arm, then spit on them and told them she had AIDS or HIV. French's lawyer says she didn't know they were security officers.

Bail was set, including the condition she stay out of any J.C. Penney store.

Police say French shoplifted more than $300 worth of clothing with the help of a 16-year-old girl.


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