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Six-hour shoplifting spree leads to arrest in Stafford County

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A Woodbridge woman was charged with felony shoplifting Monday after police said she spent nearly six hours taking items from a Walmart in Stafford County.

Police later found more than 300 stolen items valued at $1,600 in her car.

According to Kennedy, deputies Greg Haney and Brandon Gates went to the Walmart on Garrisonville Road about 7 p.m. in response to a reported larceny in progress. A loss-prevention officer at the store said a woman had been seen leaving the store with a cooler and a cart full of items that she had not paid for.

Deputies found her sitting on a bench adjacent to the east entrance of the store, Kennedy said. When they asked her why she was there with a cart full of items that hadn’t been paid for, she told them she had left her debit card in the car and was planning to go back in the store to pay.

But she said she got “lightheaded” and was simply resting for a while.

Store surveillance tapes were checked, Kennedy said, and it was discovered that the woman had been in and out of the store multiple times since 1 p.m. with items that had not been paid for. Deputies looked in her car and found it packed with things that had been taken from Walmart.

The items included CDs, mixing bowls, detergent and food, Kennedy said. Police also checked the woman’s purse and found prescription pills that were not prescribed to her.

Maureen Elizabeth Lassiter, 56, was charged with felony shoplifting, possession of stolen property with the intent to sell and illegal possession of drugs. She was placed in the Rappahannock Regional Jail under a $5,000 bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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