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Police allege woman is serial shoplifter, charge her with felony

Marie L. Saiz

Marie L. Saiz

PRESCOTT - A woman who police said stole from a Walmart store at least four times in five days was charged with felony shoplifting Monday, according to police reports.

Marie L. Saiz, 25, of Yarnell never took more than $100 worth of merchandise at a time, but she was caught on video shoplifting twice on Nov. 5, and again on Nov. 6 and 10, the reports said.

Loss prevention officers at the Walmart in the 1200 block of Gail Gardner told police that Saiz would load up a cart, go to a self-checkout stand, and pay for some, but not all, of the merchandise, the reports said.

On Nov. 10, the loss prevention officers detained Saiz, and a Prescott Police officer arrested her on two city warrants and for shoplifting, the reports said.

Saiz told the officer that she was homeless and living in a tent in Yarnell, the reports said, and said she'd stolen the items because "she wanted to save room for her mom on her food stamp card," a report said.

An employee told the officer that, when confronted, Saiz said "it's not shoplifting if (I) did not have the items out of the store," a report said.

The next day, Walmart staff linked her to other shoplifting incidents through the use of surveillance video, and an officer re-booked her for felony shoplifting.

She's being held in the Camp Verde jail on $1,400 bond.

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