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Woman accused of stealing school items at Walmart

COVINGTON — A Porterdale woman who has a history of shoplifting was arrested last week for allegedly attempting to steal school supplies and other items from Walmart.

Torri Leigh McCart, 32, of Poplar St., was pulled over Friday afternoon by the Covington Police Department after she allegedly fled from Walmart in a gold Hyundai.

The loss prevention officer at the store located on Industrial Boulevard contacted police around 5 p.m. to report a white female had taken a number of school items and fled the scene with a white male.

According to Walmart employees, McCart was seen with the male placing items from different departments in an unzipped book bag. At one point, the two went in different directions, with the male leaving the store and McCart remaining inside.

“The female then sprinted out the General Merchandise doors, where they attempted to approach her to no avail. The female jumped into the vehicle, which was waiting outside the door and sped away,” the incident report filed by Sgt. Chris Cain states.

Sgt. Brent Fuesting saw the car as he was coming into work for the day, the incident report states. He pulled over the Hyundai in the Fred’s Plaza where Cain later met them.

McCart reportedly admitted that she was the one who had taken the items. Cain then transported McCart back to Walmart to return the items she had stolen, which were valued at approximately $125.

“While en route back to Walmart, the female advised me, via spontaneous utterance, that she had two other prior shoplifting (charges), both from Walmart,” Cain stated in the incident report.

One of those incidents occurred at the Walmart in Conyers and the other was in Covington.

“She further stated that she knew she was also going to be charged with criminal trespass because she had been banned from the store,” according to the report.

McCart was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center where she was issued citations for shoplifting, criminal trespass and parole violation for shoplifting.