Young couple charged with no-pay shopping spree at Kohl's in Tilton

TILTON — A pair of suspected shoplifters, who allegedly threatened to run over employees of the last store they pilfered while making their getaway, were captured shortly afterward in Franklin on Saturday night.
Tucker Bean, 20, of 290 Main Street, Franklin was charged with robbery as well as felony reckless conduct and possession of narcotics while his accomplice, Catherine Plaia, 18, of the same address, was charged criminal liability for the conduct of another, receiving stolen property and possession of narcotics.
Tilton Police Chief Bob Cormier said that although no one was injured, Bean was charged with robbery, a felony, for using or threatening the use of deadly force to further the commission of theft.
After receiving several reports of shoplifting Tilton police responded to Kohl's department store at approximately 7.55 p.m. They learned that when the two refused to pay for merchandise employees tried to stop them from leaving the parking lot by standing behind their silver Volkswagen GTI, but stepped aside as the driver reversed toward them. The description of the vehicle was radioed to local law enforcement agencies and within minutes was stopped in Franklin. The suspects matched the description provided by the employees and stolen merchandise was found in the vehicle.
Bean and Plaia were arrested and booked by Tilton police then released on cash bail penning their arraignment in Franklin District Court on May 20. The vehicle and merchandise were seized as evidence.