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Two charged with felony shoplifting, possession of drugs



Prescott Police booked Stephanie Marie Isban, 38, and her boyfriend Michael Brandon, 38, both of Phoenix, into the Yavapai County Jail Sunday on felony charges including shoplifting, after the store's loss prevention manager said he saw them load more than $1,000 in unpaid merchandise into a car.

Isban also was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly attacking an officer.

"When they arrived at the jail, Ms. Isban became uncooperative and kicked an officer, causing a slight injury to his leg," Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said. "She also tried to run from the jail intake area, but was caught almost immediately."

At 2:30 p.m., officers answered a call about a shoplifting at the Wal-Mart on Highway 69 from the loss prevention manager who said she saw the couple load a cart of unpaid-for merchandise into a car and drive away.

Soon afterwards, officers found the car at Highway 69 and Prescott Lakes Parkway.

The officer saw signs of impairment in Isban, the driver, who said she used medication not prescribed for her, Morley said. The officer learned Brandon had a misdemeanor warrant and detained him.

"A search was conducted on their Cadillac and the merchandise stolen from Wal-Mart was located in the trunk," Morley said. "Officers also found narcotics, prescription only-pills, and drug paraphernalia." Isban told an officer she had taken morphine and percoset that day, and her urine later flashed positive for opiates, oxycontin and meth, according to the police report.

Brandon reportedly told officers he shoplifted because he did not have any money, and that the methamphetamine found was his. According to the report, Isban said she had not stolen anything, and that Brandon had shown her a receipt.

Brandon was booked for felony shoplifting, possession of dangerous drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Isban was booked on those charges as well as aggravated assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, attempted escape, possession of narcotics, possession of prescription-only drugs, aggravated DUI on a suspended license, DUI to the slightest degree, and DUI drugs.

The report was sent to the county attorney's office to determine whether to file charges of shoplifting against another man seen with the couple in the store.


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