Ocala police: Woman stole scooter from Publix, tried to ride it home

23-year-old charged with grand theft

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:18:36 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:05:38 PM EST
OCALA, Fla. -

Ocala police arrested a 23-year-old woman who they say stole an electric shopping cart from a Publix and attempted to ride it home.

Michelle Nichols has been charged with grand theft after police say she went to the Publix on SE 17th Street on Wednesday night at around 8 p.m., used the electric shopping cart to buy her groceries and then drove off with it.

Publix employees contacted police, who found Nichols riding on the scooter with several bags of groceries down SW 11th Street, according to the report. When asked if she knew the cart didn't belong to her, Nichols said her feet were hurting so she took the cart so she didn't have to walk, police said.

She was arrested and taken to Marion County Jail. The cart was valued at $3,000.