Bremerton woman shoplifts, says because store was out of another item

A 48-year-old Bremerton woman was caught stealing from a Bremerton grocery store Sept. 23. The woman said she didn’t pay for the items because the store was out of stock of another item she intended to buy.

It was reported at 12:59 p.m. that the woman walked out of the Safeway on Callow Avenue without paying for several items. The woman told a police officer that she went into the store and purchased a few items from the dollar bin. She brought the purchased items to her vehicle and returned to the store to buy a “towel wrap” for her daughter, she said.

The store didn’t have any “towel wraps” in stock so she decided to steal some other things, according to police reports.

The woman said she did not go into the store planning to steal but made the decision after finding out that her intended purchase was out of stock. The total value of the stolen items was $11.19 and included a pet blanket, dishcloths and gift bag.

The woman was released at the scene and the report was forwarded to the city prosecutor for the charging of third-degree theft.


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