Women arrested for brazen theft attempt at Walmart

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Bobbi Douglas

Two Terre Haute women are lodged in the Putnam County Jail, charged with theft in connection with an alleged shoplifting attempt Tuesday evening at the Greencastle Walmart store.

In one of the largest shoplifting attempts ever reported at the Greencastle store, the two women attempted to make off with an estimated $3,460 worth of miscellaneous merchandise before being caught just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Lodged in the Putnam County Jail were:

LeAnne Herbst

-- Bobbi Douglas, 51, Terre Haute, for theft and an outstanding Vigo County warrant.

-- Leanne Herbst, 49, Terre Haute, for theft, possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana.

“It looks like they were doing their Christmas shopping,” a Greencastle Police spokersman said, “they even took Christmas bags to put the stuff in.”

They also allegedly took children’s clothes, toys, Barbie items, a microwave, walkie-talkies, an air compressor, electronics, tools, Smart watches, sunglasses, lava lamps, phone cards and more.

The plan began to unravel, police said, when Walmart loss prevention personnel detained Herbst, who refused to stay in the office and fled the store, pushing a cartful of items to a waiting gold Ford F-150 truck in the parking lot.

Meanwhile, Douglas, who had already reportedly made one trip to the truck with miscellaneous items, returned driving a motorized cart past checkout stations and out into the parking lot, only to find Herbst had driven off with the truck after apparently spotting police.

Douglas then reportedly loaded items from the motorized cart into a regular shopping cart and began pushing it toward the Snap Fitness section of the shopping center outlots before being arrested by Sgt. Ed Wilson.

Douglas was reportedly in possession of $922.15 in merchandise, while Herbst had $1,184.04, and $1,300 worth of items had already been place in the vehicle by the suspects, who made three trips out of the store without paying, police said.

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  • I'm sorry to say Walmart seems to be a easy mark. I saw a woman put on a winter coat and she didn't bother to remove the tags , she went thru the checkout and I told the cashier about the coat, she stopped the woman and the lady said she had actually purchased the coat two weeks ago and failed to remove the tags, the cashier let the woman go. I also saw a girl get a cart and go shopping, in the candy aisle she loaded 6 bags of candy into the cart [ she also had some other groceries in the cart] she then went to the service desk and returned the candy using that money to pay for the other items. I told the lady behind the counter what she had done and was told they are instructed not to do anything with shoplifters. Guess who pays extra to make up for all that inventory loss???

    -- Posted by happening today on Fri, Dec 21, 2018, at 9:46 AM
  • Hope these two nasty criminals get a nice sentence in prison. Hopefully, they will bathe when they are locked up.

    -- Posted by Queen53 on Fri, Dec 21, 2018, at 3:09 PM
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