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Woman who spit on security officer gets jail time

February 20, 2019

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A woman who spit on a security officer and scratched another when she was stopped in a Hawaii shopping mall with stolen merchandise has been sentenced.

Alicia Sinenci, 30, received a six-month jail term last Friday. She also was ordered to perform 200 hours of community service as part of four years’ probation, The Maui News reported Tuesday.

Sinenci pleaded no contest to second-degree robbery, second-degree criminal trespassing and two counts of fourth-degree theft.

Sinenci was arrested on July 24 after a clerk alerted Macy’s loss-prevention officers about suspicious behavior, Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas said.

Loss-prevention officers followed Sinenci as she left the Macy’s men’s store without paying for nine T-shirts she stuffed in a backpack, Temas said.

He said the backpack was one of two stolen from the Victoria’s Secret store at the mall.

Sinenci was heard saying, “Let me go. Stop treating me like an animal.”

“You were acting like an animal,” Judge Rhonda Loo told Sinenci.

As part of her probation, Sinenci was ordered not to consume alcohol or illegal drugs.

She also was ordered to pay fines of $658, representing twice the value of the merchandise that she shoplifted.

Sinenci was ordered not to enter Macy’s or Victoria’s Secret without authorization from her probation officer. She was given credit for the nearly five months she has spent in jail.

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Information from: The Maui News, http://www.mauinews.com