Glendale - A 22-year-old Milwaukee woman has been charged with armed robbery after allegedly stabbing a Pick 'n Save employee who tried to stop her from shoplifting from the store at 1735 W. Silver Spring Drive around 7:57 p.m. Nov. 21.

Karin Alyse Van Cuick and her boyfriend caught the attention of a loss prevention officer when they allegedly concealed groceries in Van Cuick's purse. Van Cuick allegedly emptied a box of medication into her purse, and then her boyfriend added a tomato, bacon, steak and mushrooms to her purse. Her boyfriend allegedly tried to conceal a steak and a package of cookie dough in the front of his pants and put several spice bottles into his pants pocket, according to a criminal complaint.

The loss prevention officer followed the couple out of the front door, and when he tried to stand in front of them, his arm got caught in Van Cuick's purse strap, according to the complaint. At that moment, Van Cuick allegedly pulled a pair of scissors from her purse and thrust the tip of the scissors toward the right side of his abdomen. Her purse strap then broke, causing it to fall to the ground.

Van Cuick allegedly walked west to Green Bay Avenue, where she was picked up by her boyfriend in a Chevy truck. The loss prevention officer told police he feared for his safety, and he felt pain in his abdomen. Police saw a 2-inch scratch in his abdomen that was red and swollen.

The loss prevention officer told police the man handed over everything except for the spices in his pocket before fleeing to his vehicle. Glendale police pulled over the Chevy truck in the 1800 block of West Villard Avenue. The officer arrested Van Cuick's boyfriend and found four bottles of spice in the passenger seat and floorboard, according to the complaint.

The man fled the store with $19.11 in merchandise, and Van Cuick left the store with $21.33 in merchandise, according to the complaint. All of the items were recovered and returned to Pick ‘n Save.

When talking with police, Van Cuick admitted to stealing and concealing the items, but she denied reaching into her purse, grabbing scissors or trying to harm the store employee. If convicted, Van Cuick faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

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