An Inez woman was arrested after she was allegedly found attempting to steal more than $600 worth of merchandise from Walmart in Paintsville on Nov. 19.
The citation said Paintsville Police Department Officer Zach
Mitchell responded to a complaint from Walmart loss prevention that a shoplifter who had been previously banned from the property was attempting to escape custody and made contact with Kathy E. Muncy, 59, of Inez, in the parking lot, walking toward her vehicle. Mitchell said he then advised Muncy to stop, and observed she appeared to be “highly erratic in her movements and extremely jittery.”
Mitchell detained Muncy in the back of his patrol vehicle, according to the citation, and began his investigation before learning that Muncy had escaped the cruiser, was running around the parking lot and had removed her handcuffs. Mitchell continued his investigation and discovered that Muncy had two felony indictment warrants and had “entered Walmart with the intent to deprive (the store) of property totaling $688.88 and successfully passed all points of sale without paying for the merchandise,” according to the citation.
Muncy gave permission to search her vehicle, according to the citation, leading to the discovery of 11 hypodermic needles, some capped and some uncapped and a small, black container.
Court documents indicate that Muncy had two separate arrest warrants issued against her, one from Nov. 12, which accused Muncy of entering the Prestonsburg Walmart location and attempting to steal shotgun ammunition before escaping and another from Nov. 13 charging that she was successful in stealing more than $300 worth of ammunition, according to the documents.
Muncy was charged with public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of burglary, theft by unlawful taking with a value of less than $10,000 (shoplifting) and second-degree escape.
Muncy has not been released from lodging at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center as of presstime Tuesday, and has preliminary hearings in three separate cases scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28.