HANOVER TWP. — A woman wanted by several area police departments on a variety of criminal offenses was captured after she attempted to run away from township officers, according to court records.
Heather Marie Rittenhouse, 32, of Orchard Street, Nanticoke, was arraigned Thursday on a list of charges filed by police in Hanover Township, Wilkes-Barre and Wilkes-Barre Township.
Rittenhouse was captured when township police responded to Dollar General in the Hanover Mall Complex on Sans Souci Parkway for a suspicious woman inside the store Tuesday night.
Rittenhouse ran through the parking lot when police learned she was wanted by other police departments, court records say.
Before running, Rittenhouse used a friend’s name to identify herself, police said.
When police learned Rittenhouse’s true identity, she stood up and allegedly ran through the parking lot. Two officers chased and deployed Tasers where there unsuccessful.
An officer caught up to Rittenhouse during the foot chase.
Police charged Rittenhouse with flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, false identification to law enforcement and disorderly conduct after Tuesday’s alleged incident at Dollar General.
Court records say:
April 13: Wilkes-Barre police alleged Rittenhouse stole a shotgun from a residence on Freeman Street where she formerly resided. While gathering personal belongings, Rittenhouse concealed the shotgun in her clothing. Police charged Rittenhouse with theft and harassment.
April 12: Wilkes-Barre Township police arrested Rittenhouse after she allegedly used her sister’s name to identify herself after she was detained stealing items at Walmart Supercenter, Highland Park Boulevard. She was charged with false report to law enforcement, retail theft, flight to avoid apprehension, false identification to law enforcement and identity theft.
April 8: Wilkes-Barre police alleged Rittenhouse was inside a coffee restaurant on Public Square, attempting to sell jewelry stolen from her former residence on Freeman Street. Police alleged they found stolen jewelry, Suboxone and a syringe in her purse. Police charged her with receiving stolen property, misbranding a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Rittenhouse was arraigned by District Judge Ferris Webby in Luzerne County Central Court and jailed at the $40,000 total bail.