When a man called the police to report that he’d been robbed, and went on to request that they arrest a female suspect, he might have not thought he’d arrive at the same police station a few days later with the same man and a second female to testify on behalf of her younger sister, 26-year-old Saule Omarova.
On Wednesday, Omarova and her friend, Sierra Mendes, 26, each appeared in a Delaware courtroom on first-degree retail theft charges related to a pair of shoes allegedly being stolen from a Walmart in Yardley, Pennsylvania.
According to a police report, Sgt. Jeremiah Hatch, a patrol officer, responded to a report of a theft at the store on Feb. 18, when he spotted Omarova, Mendes and a man matching the caller’s description — identified as a male wearing a pink jacket, white shirt and blue jeans. Hatch arrested the two individuals as they tried to leave the store, while the call was still in progress.
In addition to Omarova and Mendes, the police report also revealed an incident from two weeks earlier, when Omarova was apprehended after she stole a pair of sneakers at a Walmart in Havertown, Pennsylvania. There, Hatch found a receipt for the shoes, along with multiple prescriptions for oxycodone, brandy and risperidone.
Although it appears that Omarova’s bond on both cases was set at the same amount of $100, she could possibly be considered the poster child for the benefits of “legal highs” and synthetic substances, as she has reportedly been arrested before for multiple offenses, ranging from shoplifting to driving while intoxicated, and reportedly she’s been released on bail each time.
“She’s been out on bond,” Lieutenant J.Y. Walter of the Lower Bucks County Police Department told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “She’s had two citations in the past six months for shoplifting.”
A Maryland judge has ruled that Omarova will be held on $25,000 bail each time she appears in court, but her attorney, Robert F. Hoatson, said he will try to have her released.
“We’re going to fight the bail again,” he told The Inquirer. “We’re going to fight this release rate on her.”
According to court documents, Omarova was released from the Philadelphia jail on Feb. 20, and then held on $50,000 bail, but was released again on Feb. 23.
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