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March 20, 2013

Woman accused of theft

TRAVERSE CITY — A woman who apparently won’t stop stealing was arrested for what could become her eighth retail fraud conviction.

Court records show Haley Elisha Robertson, 36, was caught stuffing merchandise into a diaper bag for sale and a Meijer shopping bag at Walmart in Garfield Township on March 11.

A loss prevention officer told Grand Traverse sheriff’s deputies Robertson took the bags into a restroom. She exited, and the officer found the discarded diaper bag with merchandise packaging inside.

Robertson removed a large stack of CDs from the front of her pants when asked if she had additional items hidden in her clothing, court documents show.

Sheriff’s Capt. Dave Meachum said retail fraud suspects seldom steal items they need.

“They very rarely, if ever, are stealing essentials. There are so few retail frauds involving the theft of a package of meat or can of soup,” he said.

The merchandise that authorities said Robertson tried to lift totaled $394, court records show.

She is charged with felony first-degree retail fraud. She has seven prior retail fraud convictions since 1996. Court documents show she was released from jail Feb. 28.

Robertson was arraigned Tuesday and is lodged in Grand Traverse County Jail on $5,000 bond. Bond conditions require she do not enter any stores except those that only sell groceries.

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