Hamden woman charged for her role in violent Plainville shoplifting

Published on Thursday, 1 September 2022 15:50


PLAINVILLE – A Hamden woman faces robbery and larceny charges for her alleged role in a shoplifting in Plainville in which a store employee was assaulted.

Sheniya Lanier, 19, allegedly conspired with two other individuals to steal thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Walgreens, located at 5 Farmington Ave., on July 10 around 8 p.m., according to the warrant for her arrest. 

Lanier was arrested last week on charges of second-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit second-degree robbery, third-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny – all of which are felonies. 

The warrant for her arrest was made available this week. In it, police indicate they believe Lanier was involved in the theft, though she has not been accused of using any violence.

According to police, three individuals arrived at the Walgreens store shortly before the theft. Two of them, including Lanier, went inside the store and began filling up carts with merchandise, while a third suspect waited by the car, the warrant said.

Police wrote in the four-page warrant that after Lanier and a male suspect brought four carts of stolen goods out to the car, the male was attempting to bring a fifth cart out when he was confronted by an employee of Walgreens. According to the warrant, the male suspect assaulted the employee, who suffered injuries during the incident. The warrant does not elaborate on the seriousness of the injuries involved.

Police, in the warrant, do not identify the other two suspects in the theft or indicate if they have been able to pursue charges against them. They were not immediately located after the incident, as they fled the area.

The estimated amount of stolen merchandise reported totaled about $2,300.

Police noted in the warrant that the manager at a CVS in Southington contacted them during the investigation, as officers in Plainville had shared images of the suspects via Facebook and asked for help identifying them. The manager said that, about half an hour before the Plainville theft, the same two suspects entered the Southington CVS and tried to steal a cart full of items, though another employee was able to take the cart from them before they left the store, the warrant said.

Lanier, following her arrest, was arraigned the same day in New Britain Superior Court, where she was released on a promise to appear. She is due back in court on Oct. 7 and has not entered a plea.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.  

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville, Southington Herald on Thursday, 1 September 2022 15:50. Updated: Thursday, 1 September 2022 15:53.