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Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 3 p.m.

Milan woman charged with stealing 13 bottles of liquor from Saline store

By Kyle Feldscher

A Milan woman has been charged after being caught with 13 bottles of stolen liquor from Country Market in Saline on Friday, according to Saline police.


Amanda Willard

Courtesy of the Saline Police Department

Officers responded to a call from the manager of the store, located at 1335 E. Michigan Ave., at 2:55 p.m. Friday after the manager reported a woman entered the store who had he believed was stealing liquor.

Amanda Willard, 26, was arrested after police stopped her while she was driving away from the area.

The manager had told police earlier in the day he believed Willard was a part of a group of people who were allegedly stealing liquor from the store during the last month. The manager told police that a woman would enter the store and would put items in the cart, including a large amount of liquor, before leaving the store.

The manager said store employees would find the cart near the liquor aisle with all of the items still in it, except the bottles of liquor would be missing. Willard was allegedly seen carrying an over-the-shoulder bag that appeared to be very heavy when she left the store, despite appearing empty when she entered, police said.

That pattern repeated on Friday, according to police. Officers were dispatched after the manager reported seeing Willard in the store. Upon arrival, police saw Willard get into an older model Ford Escort, where two men were sitting inside waiting for her.

Police stopped Willard for driving a car with expired tags and asked her if she had stolen liquor from Country Market. According to police, Willard admitted to stealing the liquor and said it was in the car.

Police confiscated six bottles of Absolut vodka, worth $113.82, and seven bottles of Jim Beam whiskey, worth $118.65, from the vehicle. During a later search of the car, police also found heroin and various drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.

Willard and the two other men were all arrested, according to police. The two men had warrants out for their arrest from other police agencies. Willard was the only person to be charged in relation to the theft from Country Market — Washtenaw County prosecutors declined to press charges against the two men, according to police.

It is unknown if Willard is connected to the theft of 10 cases of Red Bull in October from the same Country Market store.

Detective Don Lupi said Willard was stealing the liquor to feed her heroin addiction. He said these kinds of thefts are becoming more and more common.

"Heroin has had a resurgence in popularity.  Surprisingly, It's being abused as early as middle school nowadays," Lupi said. "We have been seeing a dramatic increase in the number of possession cases and overdoses of heroin in the last few years."

Willard is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail on one charge each of assault and battery, first-degree retail fraud, second-degree retail fraud, third-degree retail fraud and a local ordinance violation, according to jail records. She is scheduled to be in court at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 for a preliminary exam.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.


Loud Potpourri

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 2:35 p.m.

This is a terrible thing, especially for her two children. She obviously hasn't hit her rock bottom yet...


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : midnight

Former Detroit Mayor Kwami killpatrick's cousin just got sentenced to 5 years probation for embezzeling 30,000 dollars from the givernment till by what I can only assume to be a "good 'ole boy" judge. This gal will probably get a prison sentence.

super Joe

Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 4:15 a.m.

Hope so


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 3:16 a.m.

Probably not in my experience as a probation officer


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 9:44 p.m.

I feel sorry for this woman. Drug addiction is a horrible thing that wreaks havoc on people, their families, friends, and society, in general. It's easy to get on a high horse and find fault with her, but hopefully she gets in a treatment program and turns her life around and stays away from people like her two companions. It's easy to ask "what was she thinking?" However, she was only thinking of how to pay for her next fix. What a horrible life.

super Joe

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 8:51 p.m.

So wht is the assault and battery about....??????

Kyle Feldscher

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

super Joe - I don't have a definite answer for you because that was not a part of any of the police report information I looked at, but I know she had a previous warrant out for her arrest. I don't know if that's the charge she was wanted for, but that would be my best speculation.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 1:25 p.m.

Never under estimate the power of stupid in groups!

stephen reynolds

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 10:49 a.m.

hey joseph theres enough problems here in ypsi and if you are not aware of it drugs and their habits have no discrtion on where they go


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 3:18 a.m.

Not surprised. Bet she's glad her juvenile record doesn't effect her adult record, and there is alot to that. Great role model for her two children! Guess some things never change. What comes around goes around. So sad for her kids.


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 3:14 a.m.

Her juvenile record is used in the sentencing guidelines and is included in the pre sentence report


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 3:06 a.m.

Please remember, as you judge, that we are not all born equal. We are all fallible. We all make mistakes, and consequences thereof sometimes are long-ranging. This young woman is not evil. Just sad.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 2:46 a.m.

pictures of the suspects not wine


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 10:56 p.m.

When this woman was approached by police, she admitted to stealing the liquor. The author indicates that she is being held on charges of assault and battery, in addition to the other charges. What were the details regarding the assault and battery ???????


Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 8:56 p.m.

Redbull and vodka-tastes great, less filling. Wait, that's another product...

Elaine F. Owsley

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 8:47 p.m.

How, pray tell, does someone get out of a store with 10 cases of Red Bull or anything else? If she left the cart, how did she carry the liquor? Were all three held in jail?

Kyle Feldscher

Mon, Nov 21, 2011 : 8:52 p.m.

Elaine - I've added in the detail that she reportedly carried the bottles out in a large over-the-shoulder bag. Each of the three suspects were arrested and one man was picked up by Milan police on a warrant from their agency. The two men were not charged as a part of this incident, which is why I'm not naming them.