Sheriff: Woman attempts to steal from Walmart, claims to have bomb

Published: Feb. 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM CST
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Paula Baggett (Source: EBRSO)
Paula Baggett (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 57-year-old Baton Rouge woman was arrested after sheriff's deputies say she tried to steal items from Walmart, told employees that she had a bomb, and then resisted arrest.

It happened on February 12, 2014 around 10:30 p.m. at the Walmart on Sullivan Road.

According to the probable cause report, a cashier at the store noticed the woman, identified as Paula Lynn Baggett, walking out of the store, pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise that was not in Walmart bags.

Deputies say a cashier tried to stop the woman and told her she has to pay for the items in her basket. The woman told the cashier "I don't have to. I'm mentally ill. I have a bomb in here."

An EBRSO deputy working extra duty at the store saw Baggett pushing the cart out of the store.  The deputy noted in the report that Baggett also had merchandise hanging from her pockets. The cashier told the deputy that the woman did not pay for the items.

Reports say the woman became irate and began to curse at the deputy. She wrestled with the deputy when he tried to handcuff her and she threatened to stab the officer.

During the investigation, it was learned that Baggett tried to steal $1,219.93 worth of merchandise.

Baggett was taken to the EBRSO Parish Prison and booked on charges of terrorizing, resisting an officer, simple assault and theft of goods. No bond has been set.

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