Woman arrested for shoplifting

Alicia Villarreal
Alicia Villarreal

Deputy Larry Parrott arrested Alicia Villarreal, age 33, of Lily, on Monday night March 16, at approximately 8:05 p.m. near Walmart after she was allegedly observed concealing merchandise in Walmart and fled the scene when approached by Walmart’s loss prevention team.

When Deputy Parrott arrived in the vicinity he located this subject at a nearby business and when she saw Deputy Parrott she took off running. Deputy Parrott chased her for a short distance and caught her in the women’s restroom of the business, taking her into custody.

Deputy Parrott conducted an investigation determining that she had apparently concealed several items from Walmart in her underwear. While she removed the stolen items, Deputy Parrott observed her take a small plastic bag concealed in her underwear and place it in her mouth.

Villarreal refused to remove the baggy from her mouth and it had to be physically removed. The woman began to fight and struggle with Deputy Parrott and at one point grabbed his left wrist and would not let go. Deputy Parrott was finally able to subdue and restrain her. Villarreal continued to curse and create a disturbance.

The baggy recovered by Deputy Parrott contained Suboxone. The deputy said the woman appeared to be intoxicated and was under the influence.

Total value of the items shoplifted was in excess of $539. Items included women’s underwear, I-pad mini, a speaker, a phone case, Mountain Dew, and other items.

Alicia Villarreal was charged with theft by unlawful taking; fleeing or evading police – second-degree – on foot; public intoxication – controlled substances; tampering with physical evidence; resisting arrest; assault third-degree – police officer is victim; disorderly conduct – second-degree; and possession of a controlled substance first-degree first offense. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.