Woman facing multiple charges

ELKINS — A woman has been charged with multiple felonies stemming from an alleged shoplifting incident at the Elkins Walmart.

Kristina Dawn Bennett, 41, has been charged with shoplifting third offense, child neglect and possession with intent to deliver, Bennett is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 property/surety bond set by Randolph County Magistrate Mike Dyer.

The West Virginia State Police were dispatched for a shoplifting complaint to Wal-Mart on Oct. 15. Once on the scene, officers made contact with a store associate who said they observed Bennett and an infant enter the pets department with a large plastic tote in her shopping cart, according to the criminal complaint. The worker said she saw Bennett conceal several items inside of a a lunch box, and that she placed other items inside the tote.

The criminal complaint states that Bennett entered the self-checkout area and made no attempt to pay for or declare the items in the lunch box or under the tote lid. The worker told police that Bennett passed all points of sale with the unpaid merchandise and exited, where she was approached by the store’s general manager. Police were told the amount of stolen property was $182.49.

During a pat down and search of Bennett’s belongings, a pink zip bag was found housing a white, crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine, along with an unknown substance wrapped in an aluminum foil, the complaint states. Also found was a digital scale with residue consistent with meth and a multi-color bag holding a substance consistent with meth.

Bennett allegedly told officers the infant in her custody was her granddaughter, and police learned Bennett had previously been convicted of shoplifting second offense on April 9.

Police allowed Bennett to carry the infant to her daughter’s vehicle in the Walmart parking lot, and upon her approach to the vehicle, she quickly grabbed a baby bottle bag in which police discovered five individual plastic bags, each containing a substance consistent with marjuana, according to the criminal complaint. They also found a blue bag containing a substance consistent with meth, a glass smoking device and $270 in cash.


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