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March 19, 2014

Woman accused of $800 Walmart theft

CHICKASHA —

A woman is accused of leaving the Chickasha Walmart with $820.39 worth of merchandise on Monday.

Chickasha Police Officer Ryan Rahlf was called to the Walmart by an asset protection employee who said he saw Mica Smith with several expensive items in her cart.

Rahlf said the asset protection employee told him Smith took a pot and pan set and a chainsaw from the patio before coming back in and standing at the main entrance/exit.

"[The asset protection employee] said [Smith] passed all places she could have purchased the merchandise and he contacted her and recovered the merchandise," he said.

Aside from the cookware set and chainsaw, Smith's cart contained a power washer, a circular saw, a tool set, a bath set, a drill, foot cream lotion and calcium chews, according to an incident report.

"[Smith told me she forgot her money in her vehicle and was going to get it…[Smith] said she didn't want to leave her cart of merchandise because every time she does, the merchandise gets put back on the shelves," Rahlf said. "I asked [Smith] if she had enough money in her vehicle to pay for all the merchandise and she said yes with her keys."

Rahlf said he told Smith her statement seemed farfetched and she agreed.

"[Smith] then said, 'I took the merchandise because I needed money to feed my family,' thus admitting to stealing the merchandise," he said.

Rahlf said he searched her car, but didn't find the aforementioned money.

Smith was arrested for grand larceny and taken to the Grady County Jail.

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