Woman stole 107 pieces of clothing in 7-hour shoplifting spree, police say

Published 12:09 pm Thursday, January 29, 2015

Seven hours of shopping, and 107 different items of clothes.
Sounds like a successful shopping trip, but the only problem is store managers say no money was exchanged for those clothes.
Trisha Williamson, 24, 107 Hightower Road, was arrested Wednesday morning by Elizabethton Police Department Officer James Sexton and charged with shoplifting over $500.
Sexton was called to Wal-Mart shortly before 5:30 a.m. in response to a report of woman who was in the process of shoplifting clothing from the store.
Sexton spoke with a store manager, who said the woman had been in the store for a while and had made several trips in and out of the business.
Sexton and with EPD Cpl. Jordan Ensor made their way to the women’s clothing section, where they saw the woman hide several pairs of pajama pants in a backpack, Sexton said in the arrest report.
Sexton then detained the woman, who was identified as Williamson. Sexton asked Williamson whether she had any other items in her vehicle that belonged to Wal-Mart, and she said she did, he reported.
Williamson gave Sexton and Ensor permission to retrieve the items from the car, where they found about 90 pieces of clothing that had not been purchased, Sexton said. Tags were still attached to most of the items, he said.
Combined with the items in the backpack, officers said they found a total of 107 items valuing $776.33.
Williamson was advised of her rights, and Sexton asked her to tell him about the events of that morning.
Williamson told the officers she had arrived at the store at 10 p.m. Tuesday and had been taking items from the store for seven hours, Sexton said. Williamson told them she made around three trips from the store to her car with the stolen merchandise, he said.
Williamson was placed under arrest for shoplifting and was taken to the jail. She is scheduled to appear in court March 23.

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