City police patrolling near the Eastern Parkway Price Chopper spotted a sight early Thursday morning that seemed out of place: A woman riding down the street on an electric supermarket shopping cart, police said.
After some investigating, police discovered that the nearby Price Chopper was missing such a cart.
And now the woman, identified as 53-year-old Gwendolyn E. Andujar, faces two felony counts involving theft.
The incident happened just after 3 a.m. when an officer spotted Andujar riding the electronic cart north on McClellan Street, police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said.
The carts are generally provided at supermarkets for patrons who have difficulty walking so they can do their grocery shopping.
The officer radioed into dispatch, who checked with the nearby Price Chopper and learned that a cart had been stolen.
Andujar, of 860 Eastern Parkway, was taken into custody near the corner of Union Street and Ardsley Road.
She faces one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny.
The black and silver “Smart Shopper” cart was valued at $2,800, according to papers filed in court. A spokeswoman for Price Chopper said Thursday that such a theft is a rare occurrence.
Andujar was arraigned and ordered held without bail because she was on state parole.
According to state records, Andujar was released from state prison in August after serving a sentence for first-degree manslaughter.
She was sentenced in 1995 in Orange County to a total of 8 years and 4 months to 25 years in state prison. Details of the manslaughter case were unavailable, but she has been paroled twice before and both times returned to prison for violations, records indicate.
She was first released in November 2010, then returned by February 2011. She was released again in May 2012, then returned in October 2012. Most recently, she was released in August, records show. Her supervision is expected to last at least into 2019.