A Bangs woman explained her business plan to the Brownwood police officer who arrested her Sunday: steal DVDs from Wal-Mart and sell them to friends for $5 to $10 each.
That plan didn’t work. Vanessa Miller, 28, was booked into the Brown County Jail on a robbery charge, jail records state.
She was charged with robbery because the incident involved violence with an employee, a report by officer James Fuller states.
Fuller was dispatched Wal-Mart at 3:44 p.m. on a report that a shoplifting suspect was fighting with employees. Fuller arrived to see several people standing between a car and a pickup, and a male employee was holding a woman against the car, Fuller’s report states.
A customer approached and told Fuller she had seen an employee slap the woman and that it appeared a theft had occurred.
Fuller took the woman into the loss prevention office, where she yelled at the officer to let her go. Employees said the woman had taken DVDs out of cases.
The woman at first insisted she’d walked to the store and just walked up and down the aisles, but then admitted “I took them,” Fuller’s report states.
She said she took 22 DVDs to the restroom in the rear of the store, removed the wrappers and security tapes and placed the DVDs in a bag, then put the wrappings, boxes and security tapes in the trash and left the restroom.
The woman told Fuller she’d heard she could make money selling the DVDs and “it was not too hard to commit this crime,” Fuller’s report states.
Her plan fell apart after a 33-year-old female employee was told the woman was in the restroom and possibly concealing items.
The employee entered the restroom, went into a stall next to the shoplifting suspect, bent down and looked under the stall wall, Fuller’s report states. She saw the suspect remove the wrappers and security tapes and put the DVDs in her bag. She left the restroom and notified other employees, who monitored the suspect and watched the exits.
The employee saw the suspect walking in the garden area outside the store with the bag over her shoulder, approached her and asked her if she could speak to her about the merchandise she had taken, Fuller’s report states. The suspect jumped back and yelled, then tried to “push past” the employee and became “more aggressive and argumentative,” the report states.
The suspect “became violent with (the employee) and began pushing and pulling with her arms and kicking with her feet in an effort to get away,” Fuller’s report states.
The suspect yelled that all she wanted to was go home, and the confrontation continued to the parking lot. The employee tried to get the suspect to quit hurting her by holding her against a car. The suspect spat in her face, told her to “get your filthy hands off me,” cursed and used a racial epithet, Fuller’s report states.
The employee was “greatly alarmed by being spit on and stated her reflex was to slap (the suspect),” Fuller’s report states.
The suspect elbowed the employee, who fell to the ground. Another employee approached and wrapped his arms around the suspect. The suspect “began speaking remorsefully” about the incident and said she had an anger problem,” Fuller’s report states.