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KCSD: Shoplifters hit supermarkets

Shoplifters at one local market keep Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office busy.

On July 26, 2016 the Sheriff’s Office responded to four separate theft calls at the Hayden Super 1 Foods which resulted in charges being filed against seven individuals for various charges relating to the thefts.

The first call came in at just before 1:00 AM when a 17 year old Hayden resident entered the store for his "comfort food" which was a jar of Nutella and began eating it without paying for it. He was later arrested for burglary, theft, giving false information to a law enforcement officer and curfew violation. Deputies later learned that the male had also been shoplifting at the Hayden Walmart prior to entering Super 1 Foods – which netted additional theft charges.

The second call came in at just before 2:00 PM when the store called to report they had five people detained for theft. When deputies arrived, they contacted the five people who included an 18 year old female, two 14 year old males, a 12 year old male and an eight year old female. The group decided to go into the store and steal some beverages, including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The 18 year old was arrested for burglary, theft and encouraging a juvenile to commit a crime. The 14 year olds were arrested for burglary and theft charges. The 12 year old was charged but not arrested for theft and his eight year old sister was determined to not have committed any crimes. The two youngest were released to their mother.

The third call from the store was at about 8:50 PM when a 45 year old transient decided to steal a grocery cart full of food and drinks. He was arrested for burglary and theft charges.

The final call of the day came in a about 9:30 PM when a 31 year old Blanchard, Idaho woman went into the store, consumed several deli items and then left the store after paying for several other items, but not what she had eaten. She was given a summons charging her with theft and released/Lt. Stu Miller, Kootenai County Sheriff's Department.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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