(Press Release) - On 09/17/13 at approximately 3:47 p.m. Lake Hallie officers were notified of a theft in progress at Walmart. When officers arrived, the Asset Protection employee pointed out a vehicle that was in the process of leaving. The vehicle was stopped and the operator identified. The officer observed a number of items in the vehicle that were still in packages. Officer Sam Eaton recognized the female suspect as Lori A. Thiede, 50, of Cadott, who he had charged with felony retail theft for a past incident. The Asset Protection employee stated that Ms. Thiede attempted to "push out" a cart full of items and that the cart had been recovered.
A second female suspect was reported to have fled on foot westbound across Business Highway 53. Officer Luke Gehweiler located the second suspect on County Highway OO at 30th Avenue. The second suspect Clarinda J. Warner, 33, of Cadott, stated that she was at Walmart but did not commit a theft because she left all of the merchandise at the front door of the Walmart when she was confronted by loss prevention personnel.
Walmart reported that the total amount of items in both shopping carts were $543.57. Both suspects were arrested for felony retail theft and felony bail jumping and transported to the Chippewa County Jail. Records indicated that Clarinda Warner also had an open felony case from a previous theft with Lori Thiede as an accomplice and both had bond conditions prohibiting them from having contact with Walmart.
It is reported that on 07/17/13, Walmart-mart indicated two Samsung 60 inch LED televisions valued at $2,296.00, or $1,148.00 for each TV were stolen. Both televisions were recovered and the mentioned persons charged.
Thiede and Warner were both also issued Lake Hallie non-traffic municipal citations for Trespassing as both persons have been previously told not to be on Walmart property.
A large amount of items were recovered that appear to have been stolen from the Eau Claire Super Target. The City of Eau Claire Police and Target Asset Protection were contacted. This portion of the case is still under investigation.