Pocatello woman charged with burglary for alleged two-month theft spree
CHUBBUCK — A 57-year-old Pocatello woman was arrested last week and faces multiple theft-related charges for allegedly stealing merchandise from the Walmart in Chubbuck numerous times over the last two months.
Wanda M. Marble has been charged with one felony count of burglary and is expected to face up to nine counts of petit theft for both removing items from Walmart without paying and paying for merchandise after switching the price tags from less expensive items numerous times during the last two months, according to the Chubbuck Police Department.
Police reports indicate that officers with the Chubbuck Police Department were dispatched to the Walmart in Chubbuck around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 for the report of a theft from the store.
On scene, officers came into contact with a loss prevention official, who told officers that he had detained Marble after she was allegedly caught paying $0.22 for a power cord that cost approximately $12.00, police said.
The loss prevention official told officers that Marble was allegedly a suspect in 10 other petit thefts and burglaries dating back to October.
On numerous dates in October, November and December, Marble allegedly entered the Walmart in Chubbuck and would replace the barcodes of existing items with barcodes from a small amount of bulk fabric and sewing materials. Of the seven times Marble allegedly switched barcodes from items in November, the cost of the fabric used to steal other items was less than $1.00.
In total, Marble used a barcode for bulk fabric at a cost of less than $1.00 to pay for two blankets, two sets of tools, two four-packs of muffins, perfume, a double flashlight set, a movie, a portable space heater, a package of pre-cut fruit and a sandwich.
On Nov. 20, Marble allegedly tried to switch the price on a coffee maker but it rang up with the correct price so she had a Walmart associate remove the item from her payment total. As the associate removed the coffee maker, Marble allegedly placed a pack of air fresheners in her shopping bags without paying for it, police said.
Then, on Nov. 21, Marble allegedly returned to the store and paid $0.97 for the coffee maker that rang up with the correct price the day before, police said.
Marble also allegedly stole a stainless steel mug, a book and a packet of gravy without paying for the items, police said.
During an interview with police, Marble allegedly admitted to entering Walmart on previous occasions with plans to intentionally steal items from the store. Marbles was placed under arrest at the Walmart and incarcerated at the Bannock County Jail on one count of felony burglary.
Police reports indicate that Marble will be charged with the additional counts of petit theft at a later date.
On April 12, Marble pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of willful concealment and was ordered to court probation, which involved paying $417.50 in fines and maintaining no violations of the law for nine months. A 30 day jail sentence was suspended.
Marble appeared in front of 6th District Court Judge Bryan K. Murray on the felony burglary charge via video conference from the Bannock County Jail on Dec. 24. State prosecutors requested a $7,000 bond but Marble was released from jail on her own recognizance.
Marble is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 3. If convicted of the felony burglary charge, Marble faces up 10 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines.