It could have been a stylish getaway, had the limo driver not sold her out.
Karina Bourcy was apparently in the market for a new headband and other items on Monday evening. The personal care attendant was staying at a downtown Rochester hotel with someone getting treatment at the Mayo Clinic. Wanting to go out and pick up a few things, the Moorhead woman rang a limo service to take her to the Apache Mall.
The 22-year-old made her way to the mall’s newly opened sporting goods store, Scheels. After selecting $300 worth of clothing, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports, Bourcy tried to leave without paying.
While Scheels’ security supervisor wouldn’t comment on what went down, Rochester police say Bourcy tussled with an employee before leaving. “The loss prevention [staff] from Scheels, she assaulted him and then ran off,” Lt. Jim Evenson says, noting that no one was injured. “Not with a weapon or anything, simple fifth degree assault.”
According to Evenson, Bourcy took off into the neighborhood. The cops got the call around 7:15 p.m. and sent two officers to hunt for the on-the-lam shoplifter. In need of an upscale getaway car, Bourcy again dialed up the limo driver for a lift back downtown. But before making the pickup, the driver bumped into police and asked who they were looking for. It sounded a lot like the passenger he was there to swoop.
The crime-thwarting chauffeur conspired with the cops to make the pickup as planned. But after Bourcy hopped into the VIP automobile, the officers made their bust. “There’s no doubt the limo driver helped speed things along,” Evenson says.
Bourcy faces charges of robbery, theft and assault, Evenson says.