Woman's trial set in Richland Wal-Mart theft

A 29-year-old woman faces a Sept. 21 trial on allegations she stole 77 items from a Richland store by failing to scan them in the self-checkout lane, then attacked a security officer who followed her outside.

Nicole Faye Finn of Prosser pleaded innocent to third-degree assault, second-degree theft and possession of hydrocodone.

Finn and another woman were shopping at Wal-Mart on June 19 when they were seen "selecting numerous items and concealing them in shopping bags," court documents said. Finn also allegedly picked up numerous DVDs, opened them and hid them.

In the self-checkout lane, the women scanned 15 items while passing full bags along the floor to avoid the scanning machine, documents said.

Finn left the store without attempting to pay for all the goods, documents said.

The total value of unpaid items was $376.37.

When a store security officer tried to stop Finn, she allegedly hit the man in the head with her purse and scratched his skin a number of times.

Police arresting Finn also found a bottle of hydrocodone in her purse. She claimed it belonged to her boyfriend but officers couldn't track him down.