A Norton woman was arrested Tuesday on allegations of stealing items from an Acme Fresh Market grocery in Akron and then releasing her dogs, which attacked a store employee.
Detectives arrested Linda Snow, 64, at her home, and took her into custody without incident, according to Akron police.
One of the dogs police say was involved in Friday's attack was at Snow’s home and was taken by officers with Summit County Animal Control.
Snow was charged with aggravated robbery and violating an Akron city ordinance dealing with not controlling one's dog.
The incident began about 12:45 p.m. Friday when two women — one older than the other — and a teenage boy left the store on East Avenue in the Kenmore neighborhood with a cart of goods.
The employee apparently was told the group left without paying for the items in the cart, and pursued them.
He found them near a red Chrysler minivan in the parking lot. Snow opened the van doors and two dogs emerged, police said, and the dogs then attacked the 55-year-old employee.
Police said the employee was released from the hospital Monday and may need follow-up care. His name has not been released.
In a police interview with the employee, he said the dogs were called back to the minivan while he was being bitten.
The three suspects then fled in the van.
Akron Police Capt. David Laughlin said Tuesday that "police anticipate an additional arrest" soon. He said he could not provide specifics because the investigation is continuing.
The city's "Control of Dogs" ordinance, says violations include when a dog "is found to bite or otherwise cause physical harm to any person, domestic animal, or feline, while the dog is off the premises of the owner, or while on premises which are not exclusively controlled by the owner."
Snow is to be arraigned in Akron Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
Akron police reviewed video from the store, but have been unable to determine the breed of the dogs. Earlier reports suggested they were pit bulls.
Acme spokeswoman Katie Swartz said earlier this week in a text message that the Akron-headquartered Acme Fresh Market chain is "working with law enforcement to resolve the situation."
Beacon Journal reporter Alan Ashworth contributed to this report. Contact Katie Byard at 330-996-3781 or email@example.com. Follow her @KatieByardABJ on Twitter or on Facebook.