SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--A shoplifter bit a loss prevention officer on Thursday evening, according to Spokane Valley Sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies said 28-year-old Kristen K. Schmotzer was seen putting items into a bag and walking out of JC Penny without paying for the items. Loss prevention officers contacted her and identified themselves, according to deputies. Officials said the woman became irate and attempted to walk away. When the loss prevention officers attempted to stop Schmotzer from leaving, she bit one of them twice on the hand as she continued to struggle and pull away, according to deputies. After gaining control of Schmotzer, they brought her back into the store and waited for deputies to arrive.
Officials said the items inside Schmotzer’s bag consisted of 26 separate items with a value over $680.00. The loss prevention officer had two bite/puncture type wounds on two of his fingers, which were bleeding, according to officials.
Officials said Schmotzer claimed she intended to pay for the clothes with her credit card but she exited quickly because she thought her friends had been involved in a collision. When deputies checked her purse for identification, they found her purse empty except for her cell phone and shoes.
Schmotzer was transported and booked into the Spokane County Jail for charges of Robbery 1st Degree and Theft 3rd Degree.