Washburn woman arrested after alleged Walmart theft

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pills allegedly found in suspect's vehicle, purse

A Washburn woman was arrested on June 28 and charged with two drug felonies and a misdemeanor after allegedly stealing clothing items from Walmart.

Heidi Brattin, 28, of Seligman, is charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of misdemeanor stealing.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Jonathan Cherney, officer with the Cassville Police Department, police were at Walmart speaking with an employee when another employee notified Cherney a woman had allegedly stolen merchandise from the store.

Cherney checked the suspect's vehicle registration, which came back to Brattin and showed she was wanted for a previous alleged stealing case.

Cherney stopped Brattin on Old Exeter Road after she allegedly ran a stop sign exiting the Walmart parking lot. Inside the vehicle, he noticed a canvas bag with tagged clothing items, as well as other clothing items on the passenger floorboard in plain view. Brattin was allegedly unable to produce a receipt for the items. Dispatch also allegedly confirmed Brattin was seen on Walmart surveillance taking various clothing and candy items, then leaving the store without paying. The items totaled at $56.32.

While retrieving the allegedly stolen merchandise, Cherney allegedly found an unmarked prescription bottle containing five hydrocodone pills. Later, when being booked into the Barry County jail, Cherney also allegedly found 20 Lorazepam pills.

Brattin allegedly told Cherney the pills were valium, and Brattin had a prescription of valium, but Cherney said the pills were not the same.

Brattin is being held in the Barry County jail on a $15,000 bond. She has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for July 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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