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Allegedly told police she was husband’s ex

A Richmond, Ind., woman lied to officers about her name after being arrested for theft and later led police to arrest the wrong woman, court papers said.

On July 23, Wendy Lockridge was stopped by a police officer who said he watched her attempting to leave Walmart, 7502 N. Southtown Crossing, with clothes, food and liquor that she hadn’t paid for, according to court documents.

Lockridge, 33, was taken to Allen County Lockup on a felony theft charge.

When officers asked her name, Lockridge gave the name of her husband’s ex-wife. She signed her name as the other woman, gave the other woman’s birth date and provided the other woman’s Social Security number, the documents said.

Lockridge was later released but failed to show up for her court date, court records said. A warrant was issued for her arrest.

The other woman was later arrested by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department.

She told officers they had the wrong woman, according to court documents.

Allen County officers faxed a photo of Lockridge to Wayne County, and “it was determined by the photograph and the tattoos that the defendant and (the other woman) were two different people,” the documents said.

The other woman said Lockridge is the wife of her ex-husband.

Lockridge now faces a felony charge of theft and a misdemeanor charge of false informing.