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Theft of $7 worth of items leads to numerous charges

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BY KEITH EPPS

A Spotsylvania County woman is in jail charged with multiple offenses, including a theft of property that a police report values at less than $7.

According to Stafford County sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy, Deputy Derek Fetterolf went to the Walmart on Village Parkway in Stafford about 5:35 p.m. in response to a reported shoplifting. A loss prevention officer said he had confronted a woman after seeing her stuff property into her waistband.

The woman refused to provide identification to the security officer, and had driven off in a pickup truck with two men when Fetterolf arrived. The deputy saw the truck leaving the Walmart lot and stopped it in the area of U.S. 17 and Berea Church Road.

Kennedy said the woman admitted she didn’t have a driver’s license, but repeatedly gave Fetterolf a fictitious name and a Social Security number that belongs to a man. She denied taking anything from Walmart and said the employee there had falsely accused her.

The deputy eventually got permission to search the truck, Kennedy said, and found two straps under the driver’s seat that had been taken from Walmart. He said the driver continued to deny taking them and continued to provide a fictitious name.

The tags on the pickup truck were from Tennessee and had expired in 1998, Kennedy said. The sticker with the month on it was also from Tennessee, while the one with the year on it was from Virginia.

Fetterolf was finally able to identify the driver and learned that she was already wanted in Spotsylvania for failing to appear for a drug possession trial on Jan. 13.

Cynthia Louise Miller, 48, was charged with felony shoplifting (third or subsequent shoplifting offense), identity theft, providing false identification to law enforcement, driving on a suspended license (fourth offense), displaying fictitious tags and no valid registration.

She was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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