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Woman charged with shoplifting $2,000 in merchandise

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 6:35 PM
Last updated 9:18 PM
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A Hephzibah woman was charged after police found her in possession of more than $2,000 in merchandise apparently taken from Augusta Mall merchants.

According to a news release, a loss prevention officer saw Dolly Neely Blanchard, 69, placing several hats and purses behind a shopping bag in Dillard’s about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

As an officer approached Blanchard, authorities said she hurried out of the store into the parking lot.

Asked about the merchandise, Blanchard placed
it onto the ground but claimed that it was not hers and that she was not aware she left the store with it, police said.

After offering several explanations, Blanchard asked the officers not to arrest her and said she would pay or do anything to avoid jail.

Police also discovered several hats that had not been purchased on the dashboard of her vehicle.

In the vehicle, officers recovered merchandise from J.C. Penney, American Eagle, Lenscrafters and Marshall’s. Those retailers declined to prosecute.

Among the items were seven designer purses,
18 hats, two belts, a pair of blue jeans, 43 pairs of eyeglasses, a pair of shoes, a kid’s straw hat and some perishables.

Blanchard was charged with felony shoplifting.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/21/13 - 09:34 pm
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"Those retailers declined to

"Those retailers declined to prosecute"

And THAT is what yanks my crank. They don't prosecute these thieving scumbags so they just raise their prices on THE ONES THAT ACTUALLY PAY FOR THEIR CRAP.

I hate these stores as much or more than I do the thieving scumbags.

Just walk around the mall and take what you want folks...apparently the store don't care if you steal from them. Their "will not prosecute" policies are a big part of the lack of responsibility problem we have in our society.

fishman960
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fishman960 10/21/13 - 11:02 pm
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Prosecute

Stores should prosecute, but you are already paying for shrink. They factor in the amount lost in a year and add that to their profit margin. So lets say they go to court and recover restitution. In essence that is getting paid twice for one product. They certainly aren't going to reduce profits if they are successful at prosecuting all thefts in a year hypothetically. Just something to consider...

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/21/13 - 11:52 pm
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Good point on the shrink

Good point on the shrink fishman; but I believe if shrink was substantially reduced long term, the consumer would see it reflected in lower prices, or prices not increasing as rapidly.

You usually don't see a lot of criminal activity from senior citizens. Wonder if she has a medical issue or something affecting her judgment? Dunno, but the fat is in the fire now. Her attorneys can sort that out.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/22/13 - 04:58 am
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Kleptomaniac

Kleptomaniac

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 10/22/13 - 07:04 am
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IT TAKES A THIEF

It Takes a Thief should have a remake of the show that was on years ago. I know some individuals have stolen, shoplifted and been a public nuisance for years and never get time and for the stealing, they've never even been charged or prosecuted even if they WERE caught red handed. I don't get it. I don't shop at the local store in our small town where SHE was told by the manager to just return the merchandise. REALLY?

And this teaches children exactly what? Then if a parent smacks their child in the store for stealing; they'll report you? What a mixed up world we live in.

David Parker
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David Parker 10/22/13 - 08:47 am
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walk right.....through the

walk right.....through the door....walk right through the door

Janes Addiction

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/22/13 - 09:26 am
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Sickness maybe

There are some "known" people who do this & their husbands pay the bill.....sometimes a popular figure or even a Police Chief's wife...not saying in this case...I don't know for sure..the fact that some won't prosecute makes me wonder though..

heatb79
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heatb79 10/22/13 - 10:44 am
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Definite Problems

This was on the Chronicle Website "For the record" from 07/06/06
"Dolly Neely Blanchard, 62, of the 5100 block of Old Waynesboro Road, Hephzibah, theft by shoplifting; five years' probation, fined $1,100 and ordered to continue to be seen by her doctors"
Whatever her doctor did obviously didn't work.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/22/13 - 11:32 am
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Like Seenit said....

I knew of this woman who was married to a wealthy man in a city near here whom everyone knew. Everyone also knew she stole and would contact the husband who always paid. Police and everyone kind of went along with it and never confronted her. I don't know if that's the right thing to do, but it does happen.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 10/22/13 - 06:08 pm
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It's not the right thing to do.

Stealing is one of the big 10. Do we want these people simple to slide into hell because no one had the cajones to make them deal with it?

That's just cowardice.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 10/22/13 - 07:23 pm
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When I was a loss prevention

When I was a loss prevention manager for K-Mart, we prosecuted every shoplifter that we caught.

I had on 12 yo girl who swore it was her first time, cried and wet herself. Almost gave in on that one, but called juvi anyway. The officer showed up, looked at her, and said "You again?"

Kid had a rap sheet and was a regular offender.

C. Bohannon
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C. Bohannon 10/23/13 - 05:14 pm
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dont judge

Have you forgot innocent until proven guilty, maybe that's why merchants are not prosecuting.. And lets don't forget that things are not always as they seem.

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