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Charges in Illegal Shopping Spree

(La Porte, IN) - She allegedly went on a huge shopping spree and walked out without paying. The Westville area woman is paying now with time behind bars.


Jessica Hall, 33, is charged in La Porte Circuit Court with Level 6 felony theft and Class A misdemeanor criminal trespass.


According to court documents, on June 9, Hall had a shopping cart full of merchandise at Walmart in La Porte. She worked with an unidentified woman scanning the items at a self-checkout, bagging the inventory, then placing the items back in the shopping buggy.


Police said Hall used a debit card, but the transaction did not go through. Instead, she and the woman allegedly walked out of the store with more than 800 dollars in groceries and clothing. The items included ribs, barbecue sauce, tank tops, DVD movies, ice cream, Pepsi, and a couple of wall chargers.


Police stated that she was warned just over a month ago not to come back to the Walmart. She was being held in the La Porte County Jail without bond for allegedly violating the terms of her probation. 

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