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Would-be shoplifter faces much bigger charges

First published in the April 2 print edition

Ashly Lukoszyk
Thursday, April 8, 2021

A Warrenton woman was arrested on a variety of charges, including robbery, after she kicked and hit a police officer who chased her as she was trying to flee from a local retail store.

Ashly Alexandria Lukoszyk, 36, was booked at Clatsop County Jail on suspicion of second-degree theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing, escape, assaulting a police officer, fourth-degree assault, and resisting arrest.

About 7:30 p.m. March 27, Walmart’s asset-protection officers spotted a woman going through the store at a fast pace, tearing off tags and removing items from packaging. The items were either stuffed into a large beach bag she’d taken from a store shelf or worn on her person, including shoes, a face mask, glasses and T-shirts.

Once she picked up a pair of scissors to open more packaging, store security called police, fearing the scissors could be used as a weapon, according to a report.

Once officers arrived, they waited for her outside the exits, according to a probable cause declaration.

The woman went to the store’s garden center, pushed open an emergency exit and ran, dropping the beach bag.

Sgt. Jim Pierce chased her and let her know she was under arrest, according to the declaration. Once he caught up with her, she began hitting and kicking him in the face, neck and torso, according to declarations from two additional officers at the scene.

A review of all the items on her person and in the bag found she had attempted to take $355 in merchandise and had damaged $162 in goods with the scissors.

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