Woman arrested twice in one weekend for theft, blames diabetes

Updated: Jan. 23, 2018 at 12:13 PM CST
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THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - A Thibodaux woman has been charged after she blamed her diabetes as the cause to her shoplifting habit, according to the Thibodaux Police Department.

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue said officers arrested Amy Stevens, 42, for theft.

On Monday Stevens went into a grocery store in the 600 Block of Lafourche Drive and stole two packs of ground meat, one pack of ribs and one pack of frozen fish by concealing the items in her purse, according to the report.

The next day, management reviewed the video footage and noticed the theft.

After reporting it to the police, officers were able to identify her and locate her at her home.

Stevens, who denied taking the items, was placed under arrest. S

She was brought to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where she was released on misdemeanor summons after being booked, according to the report.

On Sunday Stevens was stopped by management of a grocery store in the 200 Block of North Canal Boulevard after she was seen trying to leave the store with items concealed under her jacket.

According to the report, Stevens hit the manager in the face with her elbow, dropping four packs of seafood and four packs of steaks from under her jacket as she fled the business.

Stevens left her purse behind, though, which had her identification card in it, according to the chief.

Officers spoke to Stevens on the phone after finding out she was not at her home.

Stevens admitted to trying to steal the items, but claimed it was because she was a diabetic.

Stevens was arrested at her home around 9:00 p.m. the same day.

She was brought to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where she is being held on a $1,000 bond.

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