Canton Woman Arrested on Retail Theft Charges After Stealing Liquor from Walmart

Police said the woman concealed three half gallons of liquor in her handbag.

For questions about this police report, email nicole.krawcke@patch.com. Patch file photo
For questions about this police report, email nicole.krawcke@patch.com. Patch file photo

On Nove. 29, a 49-year-old Canton woman was arrested on second-degree retail fraud charges after attempting to steal three bottles of liquor from the Walmart located on Michigan Avenue, according to a police report. 

Police responded to the retail fraud call and caught the woman as she was walking out of the west exit of the building, the report said.

Police asked the woman if she had anything inside her handbag and she handed it over. Inside, police saw three half gallons of liquor, the report said. 

The woman had used Reynold's Wrap aluminum foil to cover the the security devices on the top of the bottles so the alarms would not go off at the exit doors, according to the report.

The woman's purse concealed a bottle of Absolut vodka, priced at $37.99 and two bottles of Grey Goose vodka, priced at $59.99 each. She also had two bottles of Jergens skin lotion concealed in the sleeves of her coat, priced at $4.97 each, the report said. 

A Walmart Loss Prevention employee told police he saw the woman in the liquor aisle when she selected two bottles of Grey Goose and two bottles of Absolut, then leave and go to the paper goods aisle and used a roll of Reynold's Wrap to conceal the security devices on the bottles. He said he saw her place the bottles inside of her purse, but only three of them fit, the report said. 

The employee said the woman redeemed a one bottle return slip at the front checkout lane then leave the store, the report said. 

The merchandise totaled $175.89. Since the woman had several prior retail fraud convictions on her record, she was able to be charged with second-degree retail fraud, according to the report. 


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