Woman ar­rested on theft charge, third time in a month

Prince Fred­er­ick res­i­dent al­legedly shoplifted at var­i­ous stores

The Calvert Recorder - - Business - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecDANDAN

A Prince Fred­er­ick woman was ar­rested for the third time last week for shoplift­ing items from area stores in Septem­ber.

Belinda Jean Walker, 59, was ar­rested Sept. 26 for al­legedly steal­ing cloth­ing items worth $281.48 from Wal­mart in Prince Fred­er­ick. Wed­nes­day’s ar­rest marked the third time po­lice de­tained her for re­ported theft.

On Sept. 4, Walker and Alice Faith New­man, 54, a home­less woman, were ac­cused of steal­ing hun­dreds of items from var­i­ous stores in Calvert and St. Mary’s coun­ties be­fore po­lice no­ticed them act­ing strangely in the 7-Eleven park­ing lot in Prince Fred­er­ick. Walker was re­leased Sept. 4 af­ter post­ing a $3,000 bond.

Walker was charged with theft again for a Sept. 14 in­ci­dent where po­lice al­lege she shoplifted $69.82 worth of goods from Gi­ant in Prince Fred­er­ick. For this in­ci­dent, Walker was re­leased three days later on re­cog­ni­zance.

The most re­cent charge came when po­lice re­ceived a call from Wal­mart for a theft re­port Sept. 26. The store’s loss pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer re­port­edly told po­lice that Walker “had a his­tory of theft from this Wal­mart and that the store would like to re­quest a no tres­pass or­der be placed on her,” ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Walker was charged with theft in Fe­bru­ary af­ter she al­legedly stole $90.31 worth of items from Weis Mar­kets and a T-shirt from Au­toZone in Prince Fred­er­ick. The case was put on stet docket, mean­ing it was in­ac­tive but could be­come ac­tive if new charges were filed. The Fe­bru­ary case was re­opened Sept. 18.

Walker posted a $5,000 bond Sept. 28 and has been re­leased. Her next hear­ing is sched­uled for Oct. 31 in dis­trict court.

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