Accused shoplifter had 9 prior convictions
An Augusta woman detained last week for shoplifting from a store in North Augusta had nine previous shoplifting convictions, according to the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
Eyvoneda Lavette Barrett, 47, of Shirley Avenue in Augusta, was charged with shoplifting third or subsequent and placed in the Aiken County detention center. She was later released.
According to a report from North Augusta Public Safety, the incident happened at the Walmart on Knox Avenue in North Augusta on Dec. 15.
A loss prevention employee told officers she saw Barrett remove a plastic Walmart bag from her purse and place several items into it, according to the report. Barrett then walked to another aisle and filled several more Walmart bags which she had removed from her purse. She then left the store with $143 in merchandise and didn’t stop when an employee confronted her.
Barrett was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over on Knox Avenue shortly after the shoplifting, according to the report. Inside the Walmart bags were boys toys, party supplies and cologne. Officers found additional empty bags in the vehicle.
According to the report, Barrett has nine shoplifting convictions.
Three people were charged with shoplifting after a similar incident at the Walmart on Whiskey Road in Aiken on Dec. 15.
The suspects in that case entered the store and began stuffing items into bags they pulled from their purses. They were pulled over by Aiken Public Safety a short time later.
Officers later found out those suspects had reportedly stolen from two other Aiken stores earlier that day.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.