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Shoplifter Bites Loss Prevention Officer

Posted 6/6/2014 5:15 PM by MDGREGORY

On June 5th, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies responded to JC Penny located inside the Spokane Valley Mall for a shoplifter who was being detained after biting a loss prevention officer.

When deputies arrived, they were informed 28-year-old Kristen K. Schmotzer was observed placing several clothing items into a large JC Penny shopping bag without paying attention to the price or size of any of the items. The loss prevention officers watched her exit the store after passing open cash registers without making any attempt to pay for the items.

Once outside, the two loss prevention officers contacted her and identified themselves. Schmotzer became irate and attempted to walk away. When they attempted to stop her from leaving, she bit one of them twice on the hand as she continued to struggled and pull away. After gaining control of Schmotzer, they brought her back into the store and waited for deputies to arrive.

The property located inside Schmotzer’s bag consisted of 26 separate items with a value over $680.00. The loss prevention officer had two bite/puncture type wounds on two of his fingers which were bleeding. He declined medical attention at the scene.

Schmotzer claimed she intended to pay for the clothes with her credit card but she exited quickly because she thought her friends had been involved in a collision. When deputies checked her purse for identification, they found her purse empty except for her cell phone and shoes.

Schmotzer was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for charges of Robbery 1st Degree and Theft 3rd Degree.