Richland woman pleads innocent to third-degree retail theft

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

A Richland woman pleaded innocent to charges she went on a shopping spree throughout the Tri-Cities but failed to pay for the clothes, shoes and purse.

Kasie Jo Moore, 20, is set for trial Feb. 24 on one count of third-degree retail theft with extenuating circumstances.

The charge is for allegedly committing theft at three or more separate retailers within a 180-day period. The total loss was valued at under $750.

According to court documents, Moore was detained by employees at the Richland Walmart on Oct. 19 after she concealed a sweater under her jacket and a T-shirt in her purse. She had walked out of the store without paying for the items, totaling $34.96, documents said.

Then on Nov. 9, surveillance video at the Kennewick Safeway allegedly captured Moore hiding a new eyeliner in her purse and leaving without paying. She was not caught that day.

It was only Nov. 23 while being questioned by a Kennewick officer about an alleged theft that day at Burlington Coat Factory that Moore admitted the Safeway incident, court documents said.

Moore reportedly was detained at Burlington Coat Factory for shoplifting a $19.99 purse, and a subsequent search by police also turned up a $9.99 pair of sweatpants in her purse, documents said.

Moore had been stopped while trying to get to her car in the parking lot.

Responding officers looked through the windows of her car and saw multiple pieces of clothing that appeared to be new, with visible tags attached to at least one item, court documents said.

Moore allegedly told police that she took the clothes earlier that day from Ross Dress For Less in Kennewick.

After getting a search warrant for the car, officers recovered a black bag, a wallet, shoes, gloves and six pieces of clothing, documents said. All of the merchandise still had tags attached and reportedly was worth $120.

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

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