LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (LAKE HALLIE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- On 09/17/13 at approximately 3:47 p.m. Lake Hallie officers were notified of a theft in progress at Wal-mart. When Officers arrived, the Asset Protection employee pointed out a vehicle that was in the process of leaving. The vehicle was stopped and the operator identified. The officer observed a number of items in the vehicle that were still in packages. Officer Sam Eaton recognized the female suspect as Lori A. Thiede of Cadott, (age 50), who he had charged with felony retail theft for a past incident. The Asset Protection employee stated that Ms. Thiede attempted to “push out” a cart full of items and that the cart had been recovered.
A second female suspect was reported to have fled on foot westbound across Business HWY 53. Officer Luke Gehweiler located the second suspect on County Highway OO at 30th Avenue. The second suspect Clarinda J. Warner of Cadott, (age 33) stated that she was at Wal-mart but did not commit a theft because she left all of the merchandise at the front door of the Wal-mart when she was confronted by loss prevention personnel.
Wal-Mart reported that the total amount of items in both shopping carts were $543.57. Both suspects were arrested for felony retail theft and felony bail jumping and transported to the Chippewa County Jail. Records indicated that Clarinda Warner also had an open felony case from a previous theft with Lori Thiede as an accomplice and both had bond conditions prohibiting them from having contact with Wal-mart.
It is reported that on 07/17/13, Wal-mart indicated two Samsung 60 inch LED televisions valued at $2,296.00, or $1,148.00 for each TV were stolen. Both televisions were recovered and the mentioned persons charged.
Thiede and Warner were both also issued Lake Hallie Non-Traffic Municipal citations for Trespassing as both persons have been previously told not to be on Wal-mart property.
A large amount of items were recovered that appear to have been stolen from the Eau Claire Super Target. The City of Eau Claire Police and Target Asset Protection were contacted. This portion of the investigation is still under investigation.