Duluth woman faces felony theft charges in Wal-Mart incidentA Duluth woman is facing felony theft and trespass charges after she attempted to walk out of the Cloquet Wal-Mart store with approximately $1,800 worth of merchandise.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
A Duluth woman is facing felony theft and trespass charges after she attempted to walk out of the Cloquet Wal-Mart store with approximately $1,800 worth of merchandise.
Destiny Renee Thompson, 22, made her first appearance in Carlton County Court on Feb. 28.
According to the complaint filed in the case, on Feb. 26, Cloquet Police were summoned to Wal-Mart, where they learned that Thompson had taken a full cart of merchandise out the front door of the store without paying for it.
Deputy Police Chief Terry Hill said Thompson was well known to store managers because they had dealt with her in the past on shoplifting matters and she had subsequently been banned from entering the store. Upon observing her in the store, they watched as she wheeled the cartload of electronics, clothing, blankets and health and beauty supplies past the registers and out of the store.
Thompson was just heading out the door when she was confronted by store security. At that point, she abandoned the cart, ran to a van, jumped in and took off. Security personnel noted her license plate number and police officers later located the vehicle and made a traffic stop.
Thompson admitted to the theft, was arrested and transported to the Carlton County Jail. Because of being banned from the store following prior thefts there, she was charged with one count of trespass for returning within 30 days after being told not to return as well as felony theft.
Thompson applied for and was appointed a public defender, and she is now slated to appear for an omnibus hearing on March 13.
The official case record for Thompson shows she has had several theft charges dating back to 2008. She also had two in 2009, four in 2010 and three in 2012.