A woman who showed up in a stolen pickup to shoplift from Walmart has been sentenced to serve five years in the women’s penitentiary.
The woman, Della Mae Fults, 45, of Tracy City was sentenced to five years in prison by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley on felony and misdemeanor theft.
Her charges come after security saw her conceal a car bench seat cover and baby wipes in her purse. She was approached by security at which time Fults fled, but not before throwing her purse, which contained her ID.
It was determined after Fults was caught she had been warned not to come in Walmart after shoplifting charges in 2009. It was also learned Fults and another woman had come to Walmart the day of the most recent shoplifting incident in a stolen truck.
When lawmen searched the stolen vehicle they found a bounty of other stolen items, suggesting Fults had been on a shoplifting spree.
“We found over $2,000 worth of stolen items from JC Penney and Goody’s,” said McMinnville police investigator Barry Powers, noting the items consisted mainly of clothing and backpacks. “There were also stolen items from Walmart.”
Fults denied stealing the truck, claiming she borrowed it. She also denied knowing anything about the stolen items found in the stolen truck.