Carver woman charged with breaking into cars in Walmart parking lot

Mar 12, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Christine Erickson

A Carver woman was charged with larceny and breaking and entering into two cars after Wareham Police confronted her in the Walmart parking lot on Tobey Road on March 9.

At approximately 9 a.m., officers responded to a call reporting a woman attempting to enter cars in the parking lot by checking for unlocked doors.

The woman, later identified as 37-year-old Christine Erickson, was rummaging through a tool box on the back of a pickup truck when officers arrived, police said. The owner of the pickup truck arrived and confirmed Erickson had broken into the truck and stolen items.

Officers noticed a second vehicle parked near the pickup truck that had also been entered and had items removed by Erickson.

Erickson had also driven to Walmart in a Ford Escape that had been reported stolen from a driveway in Middleboro earlier in the day. The stolen vehicle was recovered in the Walmart parking lot, according to police.

Erickson has been charged with two counts of breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, larceny under $250, and receiving stolen property. She will also face criminal charges from the Middleboro Police Department regarding the stolen Ford Escape.

Comments (18)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 12, 2018 16:35

Wait...wait...wait...she stole a car and then drove it to Wareham Walmart where she continued to steal from cars?  What a piece of work!  Why...why...why do the end up in Wareham???  Stay in Carver you strung out looking addict disgrace!  Hard to believe she's only 37!  Hard to believe she's a woman. sad!


Question:  If they recover a stolen car, do they just give it back to the owner?  If I owned that Ford Escape, I'd be like "I don't want it back after she's been in it".  Seriously, does insurance pay to fumigate and sterilize a car after someone like that stole it and was in it? It's not a matter of being mean or insensitive.  It's a matter of safety due to disease.

Posted by: kevinc687 | Mar 13, 2018 08:50

How do we know that her boyfriend wasn't waiting in the car, or robbing another car when the boys in blue showed up and just walked away

Posted by: Rosebud | Mar 13, 2018 10:19

WBTS, addiction does't discriminate.

Posted by: TOOTTOOT1 | Mar 13, 2018 10:49

Oh Yah and we have to open some Pot Shops to accommodate this type of person.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 13, 2018 10:56

No it doesn’t discriminate.  I completely understand that.  It doesn’t justify criminal behavior either.  That is where compassion needs to be removed from the thought process.  She stole a car!  What if it was yours? Would you let her keep it because she’s an addict?  A crime is a crime.

Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 13, 2018 11:16

POSTED BY: TOOTTOOT1 | Mar 13, 2018 10:49

Oh Yah and we have to open some Pot Shops to accommodate this type of person.

Bogus stereotype. Another case of reefer madness. News Flash bud, we've got the methadone clinic here in town for the population you're insinuating that this person is classed in.




Posted by: Rosebud | Mar 13, 2018 17:02

WBTS, I have little to no compassion for addicts.  They not only destroy their own lives but those of their families as well.  And I do not believe addiction is a disease.  You swallow that first recreational drug or those drinks, you are responsible.

Posted by: SammieJfive | Mar 13, 2018 21:37

Rosebud, why do you have no compassion for addicts? As a recovering addict (over a year) I know how I got here, and what I had to do to stop the madness. Obviously you have NO compassion. You may be working next to, going through a cashier line, meet someone on a street, or even your insurance agent who is addicted. You just don't know. I PRAY that your life is SO perfect that you never have to deal with the inconvenience of addiction in your life. You won't change anything with your no tolerance or no compassion. Just turn your head to the problem, and it doesn't exist? I only say this because I have been through the "ring of fire", and came out alive! Change your attitude, and maybe change a life, please?

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 14, 2018 06:24

So glad they apprehended this thug.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Mar 14, 2018 11:00

WBTS - Several years ago I had my jeep stolen from the driveway. Police recovered the vehicle in Dorchester, they found the vehicle at the home of a hooker, and arrested her. My insurance company did pay for detailing and cleaning of the inside of the vehicle. Its unfortunate that this lady at 37 is in this condition. She needs treatment, hope they find her some.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 14, 2018 15:42

Steve, thanks for that info. Sheesh, that's a good one.  Imagine what you would have  heard if your Jeep could have talked.


Yes, this whole addict epidemic is so complicated and so sad.  I've watched it tear up family and friends.  I certainly have compassion yet still get frustrated by their actions. They'll rob their own mother. So wrong...and wrong is always wrong.

Posted by: Theresa ONeill | Mar 14, 2018 19:41

What good do these pictures do?

This wiman is most likely a poor drug addict. Her offense wasn’t violent and probably would not classify as a felony. WW posting photos just adds humiliation to an already desparate situation.

White collar criminals who steal millions and ruin the lives and credit of those they steal from don't suffer the humiliation of the perp shot.

WW should rethink its policy on these photos.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Mar 14, 2018 21:09

Theresa, These  are not only  entertaining , they give people a heads up. Stupid is as Stupid Does. Yes I have compassion , But no Compassions for criminals ....

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 14, 2018 21:12


I can see your point a little with this sad case but disagree for the most part.  Plus, last time I checked, grand theft auto was a felony, so I'm not quite sure what you are saying.  She stole a car!  Maybe some time in the clink will be like free detox for this pretty young lady?


Seeing the faces of the dangerous and more hardcore criminals is necessary and should never be stopped.  Seeing the faces of the frequent flyers is necessary as well.  We have a right to know what these people look like.  Especially if they are dangerous or a threat.  The judges nowadays give them a slap on the wrist and set them free.  I want to know what they look like.


The pictures may save a life!  Seriously.  Maybe her father or mother or a relative or a friend will see her on here and reach out to offer help.  Did you ever think of it that way?


And yes, a little humiliation is good.  Maybe not for her but take for example the two winners last week that stole a large TV from a house and got caught carrying it down the street in broad daylight with a blanket over it!  It was a real life Beavis & Butthead episode right here in Wareham!  Those two knuckleheads are both from Wareham.  Everybody they know deserves to know how incredibly stupid they are.  Their parents need to see their stupid mugs.  Their grandparents need to see.  Their aunts, uncles, friends, bosses, coworkers, classmates, friends, and everybody they know needs to see their stupid mugs on her.  Maybe that's the boot in the behind that they need.  Embarrassment is motivational!


And yes, it goes without say, some of the mugs are just funny to look at.  Remember shoplifting Medusa lady that ran all around in Walmart with a head full of snakes squiggling all around.  That's just funny stuff.  WW wouldn't be the same without pictures like that to brighten our days.


Wareham Week, please keep the mug shots!

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 15, 2018 08:09

These mug shots allow us to identify problem folks should we see them while out in public. It allows us to take extra precautions and is a safety issue. Today she was stealing cars, tomorrow she could be robbing someone while armed. This is not her first rodeo.

Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Mar 15, 2018 14:47

It’s a good thing the magnet made it through all these storms

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Mar 15, 2018 15:06

Theresa - I understand and appreciate your compassion and concern regarding the potential for humiliation. And I'm not excusing the tone of some of the comments here. But there could be a positive side to this too. Sometimes the humiliation of seeing oneself as others do can become the "hit bottom" event that triggers a decision to seek much needed help.


Regarding the release of arrest-related photos by the police department and Wareham Week's decision to publish the photos:


1) it sends a message that if you put yourself in the position of being arrested in Wareham the public is going to see your picture and know the reason for your arrest


2) it may protect alert residents from a potentially harmful interaction


3) it reinforces the message don't do the crime if you don't want to deal with the ramifications of the crime

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 16, 2018 10:59

Hi Andrea, you said potato and we said potahto.  This is like an epiphany!  Aside from tone, we're in agreement!  Isn't this such a good thing for once?  Normally we're like the Sweathogs and you're like Mr. Woodman.  I didn't just date myself...I've only seen the reruns...haha.

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