Police: Woman stole 80 items from store


A Jackson County woman was arrested Monday evening after police said she stole more than 80 items from a local retailer.

Ashley L. Villa, 35, of Medora faces a preliminary Level 6 felony charge of theft after police said she stole $966.88 in merchandise from Walmart Supercenter, 1600 E. Tipton St., Seymour.

Seymour officers were called to the store at about 7 p.m. Monday after customers told store employees they saw Villa bagging items in her cart in the store’s lawn and garden department.

Villa then left the store through an exit in that department on the store’s west side.

When police arrived, they were told Villa had taken more than 80 items, including a case of Big Red soda, a deck of Uno cards, a crucifix, wax melts for candle warmers and more.

The most expensive item Villa took was an inflatable water slide valued around $300, Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

Sgt. Brian Moore, who investigated the incident, found Villa at the Murphy USA fuel station in the parking lot at the store. The stolen items were found inside Villa’s Chevrolet passenger car, police said.

Villa told police the inflatable water slide belonged to a friend but was damaged, so she had planned to exchange it for a new one.

Police also found Villa has a suspended driver’s license.

Villa was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 8:35 p.m. without bond pending her initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court.

A Level 6 felony is punishable between six months and two and a half years if convicted.

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