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Shoplifter gets combative with store security and police

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A suspected shoplifter became uncooperative and combative when store security pulled her aside at Walmart on Friday, June 28.

A Warrenton police officer who happened to be at the store on another matter was called in to help and the incident turned into a full-blown scuffle.

The woman was spotted by store security loitering near the front registers about 8:30 p.m. when she walked out of the store with a shopping cart with $209 worth of food, clothes and jewelry. She didn’t go through checkout or pay for the items, according to the store’s asset protection associate.

When the associate approached her, she refused to accompany him to the office, took her purse out of the cart and left for the parking lot.

The associate saw the officer and directed her toward the woman, who continued walking away at a brisk pace.

“I yelled (for her) to stop … and stated that I was a police officer,” Christopher Beem wrote in a probable cause declaration. He was also in full uniform and wearing a badge.

He had to run to catch up to her, told her she was under arrest and had to physically restrain her.

When Beem attempted to move her toward the building, she continued to struggle, resist and maneuver away, he wrote. Beem requested backup.

After more struggling, she told officers she was suffering from complications of diabetes and a medical team was sent to check her health. A blood sugar test showed no diabetic emergency, Beem wrote.

Kimmy Lynn Quast, 62, of Longview was booked at Clatsop County Jail on suspicion of theft, criminal mischief, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest.

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