She got arrested for stealing a can of soda. Then she did something else, cops say

Shenekia Jenkins Plowden
Shenekia Jenkins Plowden

Shenekia Jenkins Plowden caused some issues at a Sunoco gas station in Fort Pierce early Wednesday morning, according to an arrest report from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

As per the report, a cop from the Fort Pierce Police Department responded to the gas station after report of a theft. Two deputies from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office were already at the scene conducting a traffic stop when a store clerk (B.B.”) came out with a woman the officers had seen loitering in the area.

The clerk said that the woman had just stolen something. They detained Plowden, and called for the FPPD to take over the case.

The deputies informed the cop that the worker told them that Plowden entered the convenience store to get a Coca-Cola from a cold drinks container but did not pay for it.

The deputies did see the woman exit the store with the soda in her hand, but the can fell into the road and was crushed by a passing car. Deputies took a picture of the crushed can in the road and entered it as evidence,.

B.B. also reported that the suspect, before allegedly snatching the Coke, banged on the refrigerated drinks container with “closed fists multiple times,” cracking it. When B.B. asked Plowden whether she was going to pay for her beverage, she reportedly said no, cursed and walked out.

The report said that the officer observed cracks in the container, consistent with the worker’s account. The damage was estimated at $20. The cost of the alleged stolen Coke was 89 cents.

The 29-year-old was arrested on charges of criminal mischief and petit theft in the second degree.