Women arrested for shoplifting thought she could dodge store cameras

By Brooke Curley


SAFFORD- A woman thought she could avoid surveillance cameras and steal pants, but she was wrong on both accounts.

Safford Police were dispatched May 19 to Walmart at 755 S. 20th Ave. regarding shoplifting. When officers arrived at the store at about 2 p.m, they saw the shoplifter was already in custody.

A male associate told the responding officers that the suspect, Pat Camacho, was seen by a female associate as she placed merchandise into her shirt and purse. Camacho allegedly admitted to taking the items and being stopped by Walmart associates when she was exiting the building on the grocery side of the store.

Camacho said she attempted to steal several pants, panties, a shirt and a bra by placing the items into her purse and into the inside of her shirt. She said she didn’t have any money and had been told previously by friends and Walmart employees of certain locations in the store where there were gaps in the security camera footage.

Although officers and Walmart personnel asked Camacho who had told her this information, she did not say. Camacho was then arrested for shoplifting the $105.75 worth of merchandise.