Two Arrested After Theft Incident in Marshall County

Two people were arrested Sunday after a theft incident in Lapaz.

An employee at the Dollar General store in Lapaz called police to report that a woman had stolen items from the store and left in a vehicle headed toward South Bend. The employee was able to give police the license plate number.

Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies contacted the South Bend Police Department about the suspect’s vehicle and the theft and officers from that department were going to attempt to locate the vehicle.

The responding officer from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was headed to the St. Joseph County Jail to pick up a prisoner to transport to the Marshall County Jail and got a call that a South Bend officer performed a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle.

The Marshall County officer stopped at the scene and spoke with 18-year-old Ashley Scroggins. She was subsequently arrested and booked into the Marshall County Jail for the theft of items from the Dollar General store in Lapaz. The driver of the vehicle, Jamie Winston, was taken into custody by South Bend police after it was found that he was driving the vehicle with a suspended license with a prior conviction.

A case report will be forwarded to the Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office for review and the issuance of formal charges.