Christmas shopping spree ends with jail

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By Natasha LaFayette



Christmas shopping has already started.

But when a woman was observed leaving a local store without paying for some items an arrest came much quicker than the anticipated holiday.

On Nov. 29, Carlene Woodson, 26, of 282 Pleasant Drive, LaFollette, was observed in a large retail store in Jacksboro from 5 p.m. until the following morning at 7:06 a.m. according to the Jacksboro Police Department arrest report.

The report indicates Woodson was not on an all night shopping spree but rather was observed by the loss prevention agent on duty to be concealing several items.

As Woodson attempted to leave the store with the items she was apprehended, according to the report.

“The defendant attempted to exit the store with unpaid items,” said Starrett.

The total of the stolen property was $1,003.59, according to the report.

All of the stolen property was returned to the store, said Starrett.

Once Woodson was arrested, she was given a field sobriety test and failed, states the report. Woodson was charged with public intoxication based on the test.

In addition to being charged with public intoxication, Woodson was also charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999.

She was released from jail with a bond of $2,000. She is set to appear in court this Friday.