June 20, 2013 in Washington Voices

Woman arrested in alcohol theft in Liberty Lake

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Liberty Lake police officers investigated several thefts the week of June 10-17. One involved the ongoing theft of thousands of dollars of alcohol and another was for more than $200 in diapers.

Police were called to Safeway at 6:59 p.m. on June 10 after a loss prevention specialist called to report a woman in the store with a cart full of alcohol. Employees said they had previously seen the woman on surveillance cameras on other days when she had stolen large quantities of alcohol, said Police Chief Brian Asmus. Employees said she seemed to be working with another woman who was waiting in a car in the parking lot.

After an officer arrived, the woman inside left the cart full of alcohol in an aisle and attempted to leave the store, Asmus said. Store employees provided an itemized list of more than $4,400 in alcohol that the woman allegedly stole on previous occasions.

Police arrested 25-year-old Robyn C. Green of Wellpinit, Wash., on a felony charge of second-degree organized retail theft. The case is under investigation and police are searching for the second woman, Asmus said.

Police were called back to Safeway at 2:30 p.m. June 11 when store employees reported that a woman had left the store with $237 worth of Huggies diapers. An officer contacted the woman, who said she intended to pay but wanted to go to her car and get her young son a bottle, Asmus said. The woman was unable to pay when given the chance and was cited for theft, Asmus said.

A theft was reported from Walgreen’s at 5 p.m. on June 12. An officer reviewed surveillance video and was able to track the woman down, Asmus said. She told an officer that a friend needed the medicinal creams and she didn’t have the money to pay for them. She was cited for theft.

A resident in the 1400 block of North Ormond Road reported a stolen credit card the afternoon of June 11. The card was used to purchase two gift cards. The case is under investigation.

There were a couple of unusual calls in the mix. Officers were called to Molter Road and Valleyway just after 7 p.m. on June 13 on a traffic hazard created by a herd of 20 goats that had escaped their enclosure. The goats were rounded up and put back in their pen.

A resident in the 23000 block of East Maxwell Avenue called police on Sunday morning to report that someone had sprinkled a white powder on his front porch and driveway. There was also a cucumber in his front yard. The powder turned out to be baking soda, Asmus said. Nearby neighbors had chocolate frosting smeared on their house and garage and jelly in their driveway.

A brown Mongoose bicycle was found in the 1300 block of North Liberty Lake Road on June 15. The bicycle is at the police station until the owner can be located.

During the week officers made three arrests for driving with a suspended license. One of the three drivers was also charged with driving under the influence. Officers handed out four citations for failure to show proof of liability insurance. An additional citation was given for expired registration.

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