Back-to-back shoplift­ing at­tempts at Wal­mart

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Cov­ing­ton Po­lice depart­ment of­fi­cers were on their way to Wal­mart at 10300 In­dus­trial Blvd. about 10 p.m., Aug. 10, where store se­cu­rity em­ploy­ees were de­tain­ing a shoplift­ing sus­pect, when they learned that the sus­pect was mak­ing a run for it.

The de­scrip­tion: a white fe­male wear­ing blue shorts and car­ry­ing a di­a­per bag and a purse was re­port­edly at­tempt­ing to get into a white F-150 pickup truck. When a CPD of­fi­cer en­tered the store park­ing lot, re­ports said, he saw the se­cu­rity em­ployee chas­ing the woman, who was on foot. When the of­fi­cer went next door to Fas­te­nal, he saw a woman match­ing the de­scrip­tion, and, re­ports said, the of­fi­cer “yelled out my win­dow be­fore com­ing to a com­plete stop for her to stop run­ning.’’

When the of­fi­cer ex­ited the patrol car and “gave clear ver­bal com­mands,’’ the sus­pect, later iden­ti­fied as Char­ity Young, did stop run­ning. The of­fi­cer ad­vised her that she was un­der ar­rest and trans­ported her back to Wal­mart to meet with Loss Preven­tion em­ploy­ees, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Young told of­fi­cers that the di­a­per bag and its contents were stolen, and that some items in the black purse she was car­ry­ing also were stolen. While search­ing the purse, re­ports said, of­fi­cers found a driv­ers li­cense with an­other woman’s name, which the sus­pect told them was in fact her name.

But po­lice told the sus­pect that of­fi­cers had been dis­patched the night be­fore to the emer­gency room to speak with the woman whom Young was claim­ing to be. A fur­ther search turned up a driv­ers li­cense in Young’s name hid­den in the back of a wallet.

Of­fi­cers de­ter­mined that Young had a war­rant out of Wal­ton County. A Wal­mart em­ployee then did a data­base search and dis­cov­ered that Young was is­sued a crim­i­nal tres­pass war­rant for shoplift­ing on Sept. 15, 2010, at a Wal­mart store in Mon­roe.

The di­a­per bag, di­a­pers, other baby items and var­i­ous mer­chan­dise that Young al­legedly stole to­taled $137.81.

She was trans­ported to the New­ton County Law En­force­ment Cen­ter and charged with theft by shoplift­ing, crim­i­nal tres­pass and false in­for­ma­tion.

Scan­ner scam

The next day, of­fi­cers re­turned to the same Wal­mart store, at 10300 In­dus­trial Blvd,, in ref­er­ence to an­other com­plaint of shoplift­ing. A Wal­mart loss preven­tion em­ployee told the of­fi­cers that he had wit­nessed two women, later iden­ti­fied as Ash­ley Scott and Christie Delancey, shoplift­ing within the store. Of­fi­cers ob­served a buggy that con­tained sev­eral lunch­boxes and other mis­cel­la­neous items that store em­ploy­ees said the two women were at­tempt­ing to steal. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Scott and Delancey were ob­served scan­ning sev­eral items in a self-check­out lane, with each item ring­ing up for 88 cents. A Loss Preven­tion em­ployee had a Wal­mart as­so­ciate check the items, and when she opened them, more items were found con­cealed in­side.

Scott and Delancey told the Wal­mart em­ploy­ees that they were un­aware of the con­cealed items, but, re­ports said, a Loss Preven­tion em­ployee had ear­lier ob­served the women walk­ing through the store’s Women’s Depart­ment with the items in their buggy.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Delancey and Scott ad­mit­ted to the Loss Preven­tion em­ployee that they had re­peat­edly scanned an 88-cents tag to avoid pay­ing full price for the items. Delancey and Scott also ad­mit­ted to of­fi­cers that they had con­cealed items in the hand­bag and lunch­boxes, re­ports said.

They were trans­ported to the Law En­force­ment Cen­ter and charged with shoplift­ing.

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