An Akron woman who stole more than $1,300 worth of merchandise from the Brimfield Walmart in May, but was caught thanks to a quick-thinking bystander who snapped her photo on a smartphone, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, five years probation and banned from all Walmart stores in Portage County for five years.
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Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman also ordered Alicia R. Reeves, 23, to continue taking her medication while in jail, get a mental health evaluation and get her GED within nine months.
She also was ordered to find a full-time job within six months and keep it throughout the duration of her probation.
Reeves, who pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony theft on May 31, further was order to pay $652 restitution to Walmart for the items stolen during the May 1 incident.
The merchandise had to be destroyed after it was recovered because it was contaminated with bedbugs and lice, according to Brimfield police, who along with Akron police recovered the stolen items from a house on Allyn Street in Akron.
Reeves told Pittman she is trying "to get my life straightened out and find a job."
Reeves and Michelle L. Godfrey, 24, of Akron, were seen pushing a cart full of merchandise out of the Walmart, located at 250 Tallmadge Road, when an alert witness took their photo on May 1, Brimfield police said.
Further investigation led Brimfield and Akron officers to their residence in the 700 block of Allyn Street.
There, $1,300 worth of bedding, clothing, pillows and chicken was recovered.
Godfrey also is charged with theft, a fifth-degree felony.
Her trial is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Pittman's courtroom, according to court records.
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