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Store employee recognizes customer as shoplifting suspect from 2 weeks earlier



Prescott police booked Cecilia A. Klein, 58, of Phoenix into the Yavapai County Jail Sept. 14 on felony charges of shoplifting and organized retail theft after she returned to a store in the 100 block of South Granite Street two weeks after she was seen on video shoplifting more than $1,000 in merchandise from the store.

At 3:11 p.m., an officer went to the store after an employee recognized the woman as the suspect in the earlier shoplifting, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

Witnesses told the officer they saw the woman, later identified as Klein, conceal jewelry items in her pockets, and an officer saw her try to discard those items in a clothes rack as he stood beside her, according to the police report.

The officer told Klein she was under arrest for shoplifting and waited for a female officer to arrive and search her. The officer searched both purses Klein carried with her and found four necklaces with store tags on them in one bag.

At the police station, the officer asked Klein if she had come to the store to shoplift, and Klein said she had more than $400 in cash with her.

When the officer asked about the necklaces in her purse, Klein said she paid cash for them, but could not tell the officer where she bought them or if she had a receipt for them.

When Klein asked for her wrist brace, an officer retrieved it from her vehicle, Klein put it on, and said she was on "workman's comp and doesn't have a pot to piss in," according to the police report.

When the officer asked if that was why she was shoplifting, Klein said, "What do you mean?", then said she wanted to talk with a lawyer before answering any other questions.


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