Alleged shoplifters end up in jail |

Alleged shoplifters end up in jail

Anthony Vignau

Repeated shoplifting attempts at Kmart landed two suspects in jail Wednesday, according to Grass Valley Police Sgt. Steve Johnson.

In the first incident, officers were dispatched to the store at about 4:15 p.m. for a shoplifting in progress.

According to the store’s loss prevention officer, the suspect was still in the store when officers arrived.

Anthony David Vignau, 38, was detained as he exited the store and allegedly was wearing a watch that the loss prevention agent identified as having been stolen.

The store had surveillance video that allegedly showed Vignau taking items that included wrenches and watches, concealing merchandise while in a bathroom and leaving without paying.

The video showed him taking a watch and concealing it, leaving the store, then re-entering about five minutes later wearing the watch, Johnson said.

Vignau was on probation with search and seizure terms, Johnson said. Officers searched his vehicle in the parking lot and allegedly found tools, watches and other items reported to have been stolen from the store. They also allegedly found drug paraphernalia.

Vignau was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, being in possession of stolen property and violating probation and was being held without bail.

Officers were called back to Kmart just before 10 p.m. for a shoplifter in custody.

A woman was seen selecting items, taking off the price tags and filling a duffel bag with merchandise, Johnson said. The woman allegedly saw the loss prevention officer, left the items and walked out.

But she came back for a second try, Johnson said.

The woman allegedly took a purse, removed its price tag, then filled it with “feminine hygiene items.” She also took the price tag off a pair of shoes and was wearing the shoes when she tried to leave the store, Johnson said.

The woman did not have any ID on her and gave what turned out to be a false name, Johnson said.

The name she provided came back to a person who was substantially thinner, a discrepancy the woman allegedly claimed was due to a recent pregnancy.

As she was being cited, the woman allegedly then gave a completely different name, leading officers to arrest and book her into county jail.

She was fingerprinted at the jail and eventually identified as Brooksey Joanne Abel, 24, of Los Alamitos; she allegedly has several outstanding warrants out of Orange County for fraud.

While at the jail, Abel was discovered to be in possession of six counterfeit $20 bills, three of which were secreted in her bra.

She was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary, providing a false identity and possessing forged notes.

She was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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