A 50-year-old House Springs woman was arrested after she allegedly stole more than $900 worth of items from Walmart, 131 Eureka Towne Center Drive, and tried to hide from police, Eureka Police reported.
Police were called to the store at 2:34 a.m. Oct. 22 by a loss-prevention specialist. The store employee said a woman had filled a shopping cart and did not pay for any of the items before getting into a brown 2013 Dodge Ram, police reported.
Officers spotted the pickup at the intersection of Hilltop Village Center Drive and Fifth street and attempted to stop it. The driver did not stop and appeared to be trying to elude the police before pulling in the Burger King parking lot, 235 West Fifth St., the report said.
The police positioned their vehicle behind the pickup in the parking lot, but a woman got out of the passenger side and started to walk toward the restaurant. An officer told her to stop, but she entered the restaurant, according to the report.
An officer went into Burger King to find the woman, but he discovered she had left. Police searched the area and found the woman in a backyard shed at a nearby home, where she was hiding among trash bags, the report said.
The woman was taken back to the restaurant, where the pickup was still parked. The driver, a 44-year-old Dittmer woman, and a 20-year-old Dittmer man, who was in a rear passenger seat, told police they did not take the items that were allegedly found in the pickup, the report said.
The House Springs woman allegedly told police she stole the items because she was being evicted and needed the money, according to the report.
The House Springs woman already was wanted by Arnold Police on an active warrant, and the man was wanted by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for an active warrant, the report said.
They were arrested and taken to the Police Station, where they were held for the other law enforcement agencies. The driver was released at the scene, according to the report.
Eureka Police will seek charges against the woman through the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office or felony stealing and resisting arrest, Capt. David Wilson said.