DANVERS — Three people are facing charges after police say they planned to steal a cart full of merchandise from Kohl's, but were stopped by police near Liberty Tree Mall — before they got more than a few hundred yards.
Charged were Haley Hathaway, 25, James Kweedor, 37, and Jonathan Santiago, 35, who also ended up being taken to a hospital suffering from a fentanyl overdose, a prosecutor said.
All three are facing charges of larceny of property valued at $1,200 or more; Hathaway is also facing traffic charges.
Prosecutor Daniel Oste told a Salem District Court judge that Danvers police were called to the retailer after two men were seen filling a shopping cart, which they pushed to the door. As store loss prevention employees approached, the men abandoned the cart, bolted toward the mall, then jumped into a black car, which sped away and out onto Commonwealth Avenue.
The car was stopped a short distance away; Santiago ran from the car, Oste told Judge Randy Chapman, and was found hiding behind the Peabody Acura car dealership, only a few hundreds from the scene of the crime.
Santiago, who had lost one shoe during the chase, told officers he'd swallowed 20 bags of fentanyl and was overdosing; after an attempt to revive him with Narcan did not work, he was taken to a hospital, the prosecutor said.
Judge Randy Chapman set bail for Hathaway at $200, for Santiago at $500 and for Kweedor at $750.
Following the hearing, Santiago, who is also wanted by his parole officer, complained loudly, telling the judge he might as well have set bail at $40,000.
— Hathaway was charged with larceny over $1,200 and driving to endanger.
— Kweedor was charged with larceny over $1,200
— Santiago was charged with larceny over $1,200, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
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