A curtain call at Walmart will leave a shoplifter on probation for two years after she ran from police after she was caught stealing curtains from the local retailer.
The woman, Cynthia Guzman, 22, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of evading arrest and shoplifting. Charges of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia were dropped as part of the plea deal. She will be placed on probation for two years and has been banned from Walmart.
Her probation comes after she was recognized by Walmart security as a past shoplifter.
“I saw her open a package of curtains and conceal a panel in her purse,” the loss prevention officer said in the warrant against her. “She continued on and placed the second panel in her purse.”
She was followed to the exit where she pushed past the loss prevention officer. She then got in her vehicle and fled the scene. The officer got the tag number and called police.
“She sped away,” said McMinnville police officer Joseph Vanbommel, who picked up her trail a short distance from Walmart. “The vehicle then exceeded 50 in a 30 mph zone.”
The officer said he saw the woman throw something out of her window when she turned onto Towles Avenue next to Bobby Ray Elementary.
“It would later be discovered to be the property of Walmart,” Vanbommel said of the discarded evidence.
Guzman admitted to being the shoplifter and the driver of the car once she was caught. Her evening continued getting worse when police searched her vehicle prior to her arrest on the shoplifting and evading charges.
“There were numerous baggies with white residue, a bag containing a white substance believed to be methamphetamine, and a grinder with marijuana residue located in her purse,” Vanbommel noted.