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Punta Gorda Fla May 26 2012 A shoplifter at Punta Gorda Walmart intended to use a waiting taxi as her getaway car, sheriff’s deputies say.
Lizette Marie Sepulveda, 29, of the 22000 block of Nyack Avenue, is charged with grand theft in the incident. Authorities also charged her with smuggling contraband into a correctional facility after reportedly finding a glass tube with opiates in her duffle bag.
Sepulveda is a convicted felon with 24 arrests, the Sheriff’s Office says.
On Monday, Sepulveda took a taxi to the Walmart and asked the driver to wait, deputies reported. A store manager later told them Sepulveda put a television and plants in a cart and left without paying.
The manager approached Sepulveda as she was putting the $455 worth of stolen items in the cab, an arrest report states. Deputies say Sepulveda ran but they located her at a gas station across the street.
The thefts were recorded on surveillance video, the Sheriff’s Office says.