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Woman accused of stealing AC units

by Minden Press-Herald


A Shreveport woman found herself behind bars after police say she stole several air conditioning units and tried to sell them.

Grace E. Peterson, 22, of the 9000 block of Mansfield Road, was arrested Thursday, April 16, and charged with felony theft of goods. Bond was set at $20,000.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says Officers Brandon Curry and Shawn Jenkins arrested Peterson after security at Walmart Supercenter called authorities on the matter.

“She came to Walmart here back on (April) 12,” Cropper said. “The security people at Walmart observed her pushing three air conditioners in a shopping cart, but they were unsure if they were paid for or not.”

According to their rules and regulations, he says, they were not able to approach her and inquire about the purchase unless they were sure it had been paid for.

“They suspected (the air conditioners) had been shoplifted, but they let her go,” he said. “The guy over loss prevention actually got on her Facebook page and saw where she was trying to sell those air conditioners. Because of Facebook, he was actually able to identify the three air conditioners as the ones that came from here.”

On Thursday, April 16, the same security officer saw her back in the store, and watched her place four more air conditioners into a shopping cart and walk out of the store. He immediately called Minden police, Cropper says.

Officers Brandon Curry and Shawn Jenkins responded to the call on April 16.
The total value of the air conditioners is roughly $1,400.

She is currently incarcerated at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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