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Hammond woman charged with burglary at Massena Walmart


MASSENA - A Hammond woman previously banned from Walmart following a December arrest at the store in Walmart was charged with burglary Wednesday afternoon after she allegedly attempted to shoplift $222.61 worth of merchandise from the Massena store.

Village police charged Loni L. Thompson, 27, of 392 County Route 27, Hammond, with a felony count of third-degree burglary at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday. Police said Thompson was charged with the felony rather than a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny because she was unlawfully on the property after previously being told by Walmart staff she was no longer allowed in any Walmart stores.

Store loss prevention associates told police they witnessed Thompson select multiple pairs of shoes and place them in her shopping cart and then adding cards and a balloon. She then allegedly took a pair of shoes out of the box, placing the box on a shelf.

She then reportedly selected gray tote, placed all the items in the tote and then placed the cover over the tote. Thompson next selected a bicycle, placed that in the cart, and then walked past the last point of sale without paying for any of the merchandise in her cart.

Thompson, in her statement to police, said she knew she was not suppose to enter any Walmart stores. “I was camping in St. Regis Falls, and I needed things for my little girl’s graduation at 1:30 p.m. today,” she said, noting she had been taken to the store by Robert Blake.

She said Mr. Blake stayed in the vehicle while she entered the store and picked out several items, acknowledging she had placed the items in the tote.

“I pushed the tote through the first set of doors. I was going to yell to Bob because I was going to give him my money, and he was going to pay for the remaining amounts. I get my medicine at Walmart, but I don’t go in to get them because I am not allowed there. I always send a letter with someone into the store to get them for me. The reason I went in today is because Bob did not know what I wanted for my little girl,” she said in her statement to police.

Thompson currently has a fourth-degree grand larceny count from October pending in Potsdam Town Court, false personation and petit larceny charges from December pending in Watertown Town Court and resisting arrest charges from May pending in Ogdensburg City Court.

She was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released after posting $2,500 cash bail.

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