Woman takes dog on shoplifting mission

Jon Johnson Photo/Gila Valley Central: A woman carrying a dog was thwarted in her reported attempt to pilfer $160 in goods from Walgreens on Monday.


SAFFORD – It appears a Duncan woman may have taken the oft-used Internet meme of millennials demanding free goods a bit too far.

Bonnie Jean Herrick, 21, was issued a shoplifting citation Monday, after being caught red-handed at Walgreens with various concealed store items, including a wristband for sea sickness.

An officer was dispatched at about 2:46 p.m. to the Walgreens at 1995 W. Thatcher Blvd. regarding a woman with a small dog concealing items into her purse.

After being confronted by the officer, Herrick consented to have her bag checked. Inside, the officer saw numerous allegedly stolen items, including nasal breathing strips, portable cellular phone charger, X-Acto utility knife, wireless headphones, eyeliner, flashlight and a woman’s personal massager.

Herrick admitted to using the X-Acto knife to open the packages before concealing the goods into her purse, according to the police report. The total monetary value of the stolen items was listed at roughly $160.

Herrick was given a citation for shoplifting and was trespassed from the store. The following day, the shoplifting charge was filed in Safford Municipal Court. Coincidentally, a separate, unrelated charge of disturbing the peace was also filed against Herrick the same day in Safford Justice Court Precinct 1.