Crime

Basin woman faces trial in alleged shoplifting

A Moses Lake woman on an alleged shoplifting spree at the Columbia Center mall is accused of twice hitting a security officer who was trying to stop her.

Marisol Elizabeth Ramirez, 23, pleaded innocent to second-degree robbery. Her trial is set for Sept. 14.

According to court documents, Ramirez was seen taking merchandise from JCPenney without paying for it. Macy's loss prevention personnel, who saw the alleged theft, notified JCPenney security, who then watched as Ramirez selected perfume bottles and hid them in her purse, documents said.

A store security officer stopped Ramirez outside the store, identified himself and asked her to come back in.

However, Ramirez hit the man in the chest and ran away, court documents said.

The security officer caught up to her and grabbed Ramirez's arm. That's when she hit the man in the mouth, causing a small cut, documents said.

Ramirez was taken into the store until Kennewick police arrived.

A later search of her car turned up items from Victoria's Secret, JCPenney, Macy's, Spencer Gifts and Wal-Mart. She is accused of taking a total of 11 bottles of perfume and cologne.

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