Grand theft charges have been leveled against a Morrison woman who authorities say stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Walmarts across the Midstate.
The woman, Tammy S. Murphy, 44, has been in trouble with the law before for having sticky fingers and had been banned from Walmart as part of her prior shoplifting incidents. She stands charged with grand theft, possession of stolen goods, and five counts of criminal trespass for entering Walmart stores after being warned not to do so. She will face hearing Jan. 14.
Murphy was busted by Highway Patrolman Gary Myers after the local Walmart store sent out an alert she had left the store without paying for merchandise. The trooper saw the suspect moments later and pulled her over.
“I informed Ms. Murphy of why I had stopped her and that I was aware of what she had done,” Myers said, noting he also let her know he knew about her prior record of thefts. “She voluntarily admitted to having stolen merchandise inside her vehicle from two Walmarts.
Along with finding stolen items in her car, lawmen were given permission to search her home on Mt. Zion Road. It was there lawmen found a large amount of items she allegedly stole from Walmart over time.
“While at the residence, approximately 150 items were confiscated by the THP, McMinnville Police Department and Manchester Police Department,” the trooper revealed. “They totaled thousands of dollars.”
Among the items found included, but were not limited to, a Playstation video game, HTC cellphone, gift cards, clothing, game controllers, ear buds, toys, candles, CDs, and bath kits.
“She admitted the items were stolen by her from various department stores,” Myers noted.