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Woman Caught Shoplifting $1100 In Items In Front Of 65 Police Officers At Target

FRAMINGHAM (CBS) -- A woman accused of shoplifting from a Framingham store did not seem to be phased by the heavy police presence already there Tuesday night.

Sixty-five uniformed police officers had filled Target for a "Shop with a Cop" charity event with local kids.

165 kids get ready to participate in 'Shop with a Cop' at a Framingham Target (WBZ-TV)

Melissa Allen, 32, walked into the store while the event was going on and spoke to some of the officers participating.

According to police, she then filled a Rubbermaid bin with over $1,000 worth of items and tried to push her cart out of the store without paying. They said she was also carrying stolen jewelry.

Melissa Allen (Photo Courtesy: Framingham Police)

Allen was arrested and charged with larceny, giving a false name to police, and resisting arrest.

Immediately following her arraignment on Wednesday, Allen was rushed to a hospital after she told police officers she swallowed bags of drugs.

Prosecutors had told the court that Allen has a criminal history and a drug problem.

Her defense said she wants to go to rehab, she is currently living with a friend and has no money, and has tried to go on job interviews.

When prosecutors asked for $500 cash bail, Allen's defense said she would not be able to afford that. The judge set her bail at $250 cash.

Police officers get ready for a 'Shop with a Cop' charity event (Photo Courtesy: Framingham Police)

Police said about 165 children were able to participate in the Framingham event. On Monday, about 300 kids took part in a similar event with Boston police officers.

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