CRIME: Pasco woman facing trial claims kleptomania

By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald March 28, 2012 

PASCO --A 31-year-old Pasco woman who told police she has been diagnosed as a kleptomaniac faces a June 6 trial for allegedly shoplifting from Walmart.

Chartara Burts pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to second-degree burglary.

Burts was arrested March 4 by Pasco police after she was stopped by security personnel at Walmart, who said she had been permanently banned from the store.

Burts reportedly paid for a cellphone, then took several items and put them in her bag, documents said. The items were valued at $51.90.

Burts told police she had money to paid for the items, but that she was mental issues and is a kleptomaniac, documents said.

-- Paula Horton: 509-582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com

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