Woman faces trial for second-degree burglary at Home Depot

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJanuary 5, 2014 

A 52-year-old woman is accused of using an old Home Depot receipt to return merchandise she just selected from store shelves.

Sharon Anne Fig pleaded innocent to second-degree burglary for the Dec. 27 incident at the Richland store. Trial is scheduled Feb. 24.

Prosecutors allege that the Richland woman walked into the 2855 Duportail St. store and used her old receipt to gather new items in a basket.

Fig then went to customer service and returned the merchandise, getting $80.77 in cash, court documents said. She was stopped by a loss prevention employee as she tried to leave the store and reportedly became argumentative, documents said.

Richland police who responded discovered that Fig was told Feb. 8 that she's no longer allowed on Home Depot property, but since then has been contacted three times for alleged thefts at their stores.

Fig admitted to officers that she got a refund for merchandise she took without paying, court documents said.

She also claimed she has only been barred from the Kennewick store, but a copy of the original notice shows the restriction applies to all Home Depot locations, documents said.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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