Shoplifting at Yelm’s Walmart leads to arrest

Yelm police officers responded to a report of shoplifting around 8 p.m. at Yelm’s Walmart on Wednesday, Nov. 22 after reports that a woman, caught by Walmart’s loss prevention, stole several items from the store.

The woman was placed into handcuffs and was seated on the vehicle’s front bumper. Eventually, the woman collapsed onto the ground in front of the officer’s car.

According to reports, the woman was breathing normally but was sweating badly from allegedly taking fentanyl. While officers were talking with the woman, she went completely limp and was not responsive. The woman eventually gained consciousness and could stand on her own. After being evaluated by paramedics, the woman was transported to the Nisqually Jail on one count of theft in the third degree. She was also trespassed from Yelm’s Walmart.

Previously trespassed woman caught stealing at Walmart

Yelm police officers responded to a report of shoplifting at about 11:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at Yelm’s Walmart after a woman passed all points-of-sale machines before fleeing the store without paying for merchandise. The suspect was detained by the loss prevention officer, and Walmart was able to recover the stolen items. However, the woman fled the location, and loss prevention lost sight of the suspect.

Upon arrival, police officers were shown footage, which showed an unknown woman fleeing the store with a cart full of merchandise. Eventually, officers located a woman matching the description of the suspect. She attempted to alter her appearance by taking off her sweatshirt. Officers placed the woman in handcuffs Walmart’s loss prevention confirmed she was the suspect. The value of the theft was worth $1,626.47 and contained various items of merchandise.

The woman, who had been previously trespassed from Walmart for life, was booked on one count of second degree theft and one count of criminal trespass in the first degree without incident.

Man arrested for stalking at coffee shop

Yelm police officers responded to reports of stalking at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Espresso Stop after a woman reported that a male wouldn’t leave her alone. Upon arrival, police noticed the suspect was in the drive-thru on a bike.

The suspect was allegedly denied a date by the reporting party over a year ago, which led to the harassment. The reporting party said she wished to have no contact with the suspect.

The reporting party also provided police officers with several screenshots and video proof of her telling the suspect not to return to the coffee stand. She also provided proof that she’d blocked the suspect on all social media platforms. The man was arrested for stalking and was booked into the Nisqually Jail.