Update: Caroline Slusher, who had been on the run since the MRSA incident in October, was arrested on March 30. She pleaded not guilty this morning to one count of theft and one count of robbery. (WOIO)
Some people use guns during robberies. Maybe knives, or a note of some sort, perhaps a threat of violence. Anything that will get the people around you to cooperate, give you what you want, and leave you alone long enough to get away.
But an infection? That's a new one.
A woman robbed a gas station on E. 152nd and used nothing more than an open sore on her arms and the threat of MRSA (a devastating, contagious, and antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infections) to put fear in employees and bystanders.
A picture from the store's security video shows why police are concerned. The suspect showed a series of horrific open sores on her arms and neck.
Cops think they know the identity of the suspect - a known heroin addict - convicted of drug possession in 2006. She also went through city court on traffic charges in July, but no mention of her as a walking health hazard until now. Records list an address in Chesterland and two phone numbers, both of which are disconnected.
What's worse, a man with the infected woman had bleeding on his arms, and also stole goods from the gas station.
If police can't catch her, let's at least hope she robs a pharmacy or CVS next.