Wanted Columbus woman arrested on shoplifting call

A Columbus woman is facing a number of charges after being arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Columbus Police Department Spokesperson Lt. Matt Harris says that at

Lindsey Smith
Lindsey Smith

approximately 12:45 p.m., Lt. Steve Norman and Lt. Joe Richardson were dispatched to a store in the 2300 block of Merchants Mile in regards to a theft of knives. He says the suspect was found trying to drive away a short time later.

Harris says that when officers spoke with the woman, she identified herself using the Indiana Identification Card of another woman. He said that officers determined that she was lying. The suspect was taken into custody and later identified herself by a second name. When officers checked that name, they determined that the woman was again being untruthful. Harris says the officers also determined that second name given to them by the woman was a victim of identity deception.

Officers ultimately determined that the suspect’s true identity was 27-year-old Lindsey P. Smith. While searching Smith’s purse before taking her to jail, officers reportedly found four knives that were allegedly stolen from the store. They also allegedly found an eyeglass case containing syringes and a small amount of methamphetamine.

Smith was booked in the Bartholomew County Jail on preliminary Felony charges of Identity Deception and Possession of Methamphetamine, along with Misdemeanor charges of Theft and False Informing.Harris adds that Smith was also wanted on a Bartholomew County Warrant for Failure to Appear. He says the original charges were Theft and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Harris adds that Smith’s bond was set at $250,000.