Amanda A. Huestis, 27, could face first-degree robbery, third-degree assault and third-degree theft charges after she allegedly stole several items from the Yelm Walmart and assaulted a loss prevention officer.
Huestis was arrested by Yelm police following the Monday evening incident and booked into the Thurston County Jail.
Judge Anne Hirsch found probable cause for the three proposed charges and agreed to release her on her own recognizance if she provides a valid address to the court.
Court documents gave the following account:
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Yelm police officers responded to an altercation in the Yelm parking lot Monday afternoon. The man and woman involved in the incident were sitting in a car, and several people were standing in front of the car, preventing it from leaving.
The officers talked to a Walmart loss prevention officer, who said that he had seen the man in the store’s electronics department, acting nervous. He reviewed security footage and saw the suspects enter the store and place several items in a shopping cart.
They pushed the cart to the store entrance, and the female suspect bought some grocery items. The suspects then exited the store with the other items, which hadn’t been paid for.
The loss prevention officer and another Walmart employee approached the suspects outside the store and asked them about the cart of stolen merchandise.
The female suspect started to run away, and the loss prevention officer grabbed the male suspect. The female suspect started hitting the officer, and both suspects climbed into a car.
The male suspect admitted to police that they had stolen the items. The female suspect, identified as Huestis, refused to cooperate and was arrested.
While en route to the jail, she threatened to assault anyone who touched or searched her.