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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Defendant waives hearing in Register 17 wallet case

  • A Shawnee woman charged with larceny in a case involving a wallet taken from a checkout line at Walmart has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
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  • A Shawnee woman charged with larceny in a case involving a wallet taken from a checkout line at Walmart has waived her right to a preliminary hearing.
     
    The theft occurred April 7 in the Register 17 line at the Shawnee store.
     
    Police sought the public’s help to identify a female suspect captured on the store’s surveillance footage. But ultimately, the suspect making a return to the customer service desk on the same day is how police were able to make the connection and solve the case, the arrest affidavit shows.
     
    Sandra Kay Alford, 47, faces one felony count of larceny of lost property in Pottawatomie County District Court.
     
    Case records show she has waived her right to a preliminary hearing in that case and is now scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 24.
     
    She is accused of stealing and carrying away a wallet that belonged to Krystle Ritterhouse that contained $1,700 in cash, credit cards and other items, found in the checkout line.
     
    Charges allege Alford appropriated the property for her own use without making an effort to find the owner.
     
    Ritterhouse, shopping with her husband and toddler, was loading items in the car when she realized her wallet wasn’t in the diaper bag where she normally puts it. She went back inside to the checkout line but it was gone.
     
    Watch for updates.
     
     

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