By GARY POPP
A woman was arrested earlier this week following a robbery from a Dollar General store in Jeffersonville. It was the second time she had committed the same crime in nearly fours weeks, police reported.
Nematu Fullah, 30, considered a transient of Jeffersonville, is now facing two B felony robbery charges in Clark County Circuit Court No. 4 for unrelated Dollar General robberies.
The first incident occurred March 12 at the Dollar General located at 1004 Walnut St. in Jeffersonville.
Police responded to the retailer after Fullah had fled the store.
A store employee reported to police that she had approached Fullah in the store’s parking lot and asked her to return the stolen items.
While standing about five feet from the employee, Fullah threatened the employee with an open knife in her hand and said, “I'll slit your (expletive) throat,” according to the report.
The employee told the officer she then returned to the store and called police.
Police found Fullah in the 900 block of Walnut Street, and the employee later positively identified her as the shoplifter who had threatened her with a knife.
The employee described the knife as a six-inch long silver blade with ridges on its top.
The knife was not found by police.
Surveillance video from the store was reviewed by police, which showed Fullah enter the store with a “very flat purplish handbag” and minutes later exit with a “full handbag.”
Dollar General provided police a list of the stolen items, which had a total price of $26.07.
Fullah was placed under arrested and booked into the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex. Nearly two weeks later she was released on her own recognizance, according to jail staff.
Fullah is scheduled to return to court April 22 to answer the charge.
Seventeen days after her release, Fullah was charged in a second Dollar General robbery.
Jeffersonville police were called to the retailer in the Youngstown Shopping Center along 10th Street Sunday, April 14, after an employee called to report a robbery.
The employee flagged down the responding officer and said that a shoplifter, later identified as Fullah, had cut behind a nearby gas station after fleeing from the store with stolen items. The officer put the call out to surrounding units, and a second officer located Fullah near the store.
As police spoke with Fullah, she voluntarily stated that she had committed the robbery, according to the police report. She was then placed under arrest.
The employee who reported the incident was then interviewed by police.
She told the officer that when she had made an attempt to stop Fullah from leaving the store with the stolen items, Fullah struck her in the chest with a sack of miscellaneous articles, according to the report.
The blow caused the employee to lose her breath for a moment, she told police.
According to the report, Fullah had attempted to steal $16 worth of items, which included French bread pizza and Fruit Roll-Ups.
Fullah was released two days later from the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex, again, on her own recognizance.
Her court date had not been updated on court records as of press time.