Councilwoman accused of shoplifting at Target told officers she doesn’t make a lot of money

BROOK PARK, Ohio-- A Brook Park councilwoman was arrested for shoplifting $920 worth of items from a North Olmsted Target.

Julie Ann McCormick, 33, is charged with misdemeanor theft stemming from the incident that occurred just before 10 a.m. Monday at the store on Brookpark Road.

According to police, McCormick left Target with 26 items, including clothing, such as jeans and lounge pants, as well as food items and a 32-inch television. McCormick admitted to stealing the items, telling officers she doesn't make a lot of money, according to North Olmsted Police Sgt. Robert Wagner.

McCormick, who attended Tuesday night's council meeting, began serving on Brook Park city council in January. She did not respond to multiple requests for comment Thursday.

Brook Park City Council President Jim Astorino said it is too early to comment and "there is a presumption of innocence."

The arrest had constituents buzzing, with more than 200 comments on a community Facebook page.

"People run into hard times, but I think as a councilwoman, she should've been more aware of what she was doing, and nobody knows the whole story yet, but I guess I, as a neighbor on the same street, I want to wait and see what actually happened," neighbor Patti Albert said.

McCormick is set to be arraigned on the theft charge November 29.

Earlier this year, she pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor charges in separate traffic and tax cases.

Another Brook Park council member is also facing charges, in a separate case. Tom Troyer is charged with misconduct at an emergency scene and disorderly conduct stemming from an August incident in Brook Park. A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case, and Troyer pleaded not guilty to the charges.