A Pocatello woman was recently charged with three counts of burglary for allegedly stealing multiple items from the Chubbuck Walmart on three different occasions.
Jade Mack, 26, was charged with the crimes and arrested on Nov. 23 after a Walmart loss prevention employee contacted the Chubbuck Police Department to report he had observed Mack putting items in her shopping cart without paying for them at a self-checkout register, according to police reports.
Mack told responding police officers she knew she was being detained by Walmart loss prevention on accusations that she had stolen items, but said she had unknowingly put items in her cart without paying because her children were distracting her, police said.
The Walmart loss prevention employee then told officers that he had captured the Nov. 23 incident on video, as well as incidents on Nov. 11 and 16, during which, Mack allegedly failed to pay for several items at a self-checkout register, police said.
The police officer reviewed the footage from Walmart’s surveillance camera system with Mack and observed her grab multiple items at one time, scan one item and then place all of the items in a shopping bag. Moreover, the officer also observed Mack stack multiple duplicate items on top of one another, scan one of them, and then bag all of the stacked items, police said.
Initially, Mack told police that she must have accidentally placed multiple items in her cart without paying for them, but later admitted to intentionally stealing the items, police said.
Moreover, Mack told police that she entered the Walmart in Chubbuck on several different occasions since July with the intent to steal items from the store.
She was arrested at the Walmart in Chubbuck and transported to the Bannock County Jail in Pocatello.
Mack appeared in front of 6th District Judge Scott E. Axline via video conference from the Bannock County Jail on Nov. 25 where her bond was set at $5,000, which she posted on Nov. 26 and was released from jail that same day.
Mack has retained Pocatello attorney Stratton Laggis to represent her during the adjudication of her case. She is due back in court for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send her case to trial on Dec. 23.
If convicted of the three charges against her, Mack faces no less than three years in state prison and up to 30 years.