The official opening doesn’t take place until Aug. 13, but the shoplifting has already begun at the new Spokane Valley Mall.
Mary E. Megiveron, 6104 N. Mayfair, became the first person arrested for swiping merchandise from a Valley Mall store on Sunday, according to Spokane County sheriff’s deputies. The 36-year-old woman took more than $250 in clothing and other items from the Bon Marche, deputies said.
The store has been open since Friday.
A fellow shopper saw Megiveron place a shirt, pair of pants, coat and purse into an empty store bag then leave without paying, deputies said.
A security officer followed her into the parking lot where she got into a car with several other people. When the driver attempted to leave, the officer reached in through the window and removed the keys from the ignition, deputies said.
The woman ran from the car and was caught by a security officer. The stolen merchandise was found in the vehicle.
Sheriff’s deputies booked Megiveron into the Spokane County Jail on two counts of second-degree theft. One count stems from a warrant in Clark County.
Tidyman’s follows suit
A 15-year-old Mt. Vernon, Wash., girl was arrested last Thursday after shoplifting from a Valley Tidyman’s store and attacking a security guard who tried to stop her, sheriff’s deputies said.
The guard saw the girl put one pack of cigarettes in her purse and another in her jacket pocket around 8 p.m., and leave the 13014 E. Sprague store without paying, deputies said.
When he followed her into the parking lot and asked her to return the items, she hit him twice on the side of the head. The guard pulled her to the ground, where she bit him at the base of the neck and scratched him.
Sheriff’s deputies said they later discovered a forged Spokane Railway Credit Union check in the girl’s purse. She was booked into Spokane County juvenile detention for forgery and second-degree robbery, both felonies.
Valley home burglarized
A Valley family lost its VCR, credit cards and green cards in a Saturday night burglary in the 4400 block of East Eighth Avenue.
The burglar removed the screen on the master bedroom window and climbed in around 8 p.m., sheriff’s deputies said.
The victims, a family with two children, returned to find their rooms, drawers and cabinets rifled through. The mother’s purse, containing the family’s green cards, was missing. A stereo had been moved, but was not taken.
No arrests have been made and sheriff’s deputies have no suspects.
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