A former local woman convicted of attempted robbery is being held without bond on a suspected probation violation.
Catharine M. Sostre, 30, cried and put her head in her crossed arms on the table when Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway announced Monday she would remain in the Huron County Jail without bond. Her next hearing is Oct. 21.
The Norwalk Police Department arrested Sostre during a Sept. 22 incident in a U.S. 20 business parking lot. Police said she was arrested on a Norwalk Municipal Court warrant and charged with failing to show proof of substance abuse counseling.
Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton told the Reflector about Sostre's arrest shortly after it happened.
"We received information she was going to be at Rural King. We conducted surveillance," Fulton said.
Fulton and three other officers were involved in the arrest.
"To my knowledge she was in Texas. She had been there a while," Fulton said. "She was back here about a week."
Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Daivia Kasper, at Monday's hearing, said Sostre "had been AWOL" since September 2012, when she left a Veterans Administration substance abuse treatment center until she returned to the area last month. Sostre is an honorably discharged veteran.
"It appears she went out of state. When she was picked up, she tested positive for marijuana," Kasper told the judge.
Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Sostre hoped her VA treatment would be successful, but he added he didn't think the defendant had "hit bottom" at that point.
"I think she has since then," said Longo, who mentioned Sostre had been doing well until she had a relapse and "things went really bad."
Sostre apparently returned to Norwalk to see her son.
"She came back here voluntarily and intended to turn herself in," Longo said.
Sostre was homeless and destitute Jan. 13, 2012 when Walmart security officers witnessed her attempting to hide $200 worth of clothing. She struggled with two employees -- a scuffle that went into the parking lot. It's unclear if anybody was injured.
Having pleaded guilty in April 2012 to attempted robbery, Sostre was placed on three years of probation. One of the conditions is a prohibition from being on the premise of any Walmart.
She served 30 days in jail for three drug-related misdemeanors for the same set of circumstances in the robbery.
Later, Sostre served 15 days in the Ottawa County Detention Facility for driving two male suspects away from the Port Clinton Walmart with two stolen, large-screen television sets in a pickup truck. That incident happened June 21, 2012.
The trio was arrested at the intersection of Ohio 2 and Ohio 269. Authorities have said Sostre was under the impression the men were going to buy some beer and while she agreed to driving them, she didn't know they were going to steal anything.
In early August 2012, Sostre admitted to several probation violations. The offenses included a June 21, 2012 curfew violation and failing to provide a urine sample to a state parole officer while she was in custody in Ottawa County.