“Payless” in Payless Shoe Source doesn’t mean “free.”

Employees believed a woman who left the Brownwood store Sunday afternoon was stealing a pair of $17.99 shoes, so they managed to get her license plate number and call the police.

Police in Bangs caught up with her and brought her back to the store, a report by Brownwood police Cpl. Richard Williams states.

Tabitha Hyles, 25, of Bangs, was cited for theft under $50, Williams’ report states.

Employees saw that the woman’s handbag was larger when she left than when she arrived, and saw an empty shoe box nearby. She walked quickly out the door, employees told police. The license plate number came back to a Bangs woman, and Bangs Police Chief Ricky Minica stopped her vehicle in Bangs, Williams’ report states.

Minica followed the woman back to the store, where she told Williams she had done something stupid and should have paid for the shoes, the report states.

In other incidents:

Christina Gomez, 18, and Shaunta Denison, 25, were cited for theft under $50 after a clerk at the 7-Eleven store at 510 W. Commerce reported items were stolen from her purse. Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Davis Lane Thursday, where a man said his ex-girlfriend smacked her vehicle’s door into his vehicle, causing damage. He said the woman returned to his apartment, pulled the apartment complex’s fire alarm and hit him in the jaw. Officer Sky Self saw a man staggering down a sidewalk in the 1500 block of Coggin Thursday night. Self checked on the man, identified as Michael Joyner, 19, and arrested him on a charge of possession of marijuana. Officer Troy Grusendorf arrested Matthew Heslep, 22, on a charge of possession of marijuana after encountering a man walking in the middle of the street at Avenue D and Third at 2:47 a.m. Friday. Someone took a CD player and amplifier from a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of Center. Someone took a CD player and 30 CDs from a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of Fisk.