BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Carise Shantae Duncan, 32, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with petit theft (3rd or subsequent offense) and resisting merchant detainment after allegedly taking $209.11 in items from Walmart.
Duncan allegedly took a backpack into the Butler Plaza Walmart and placed items in it, then walked out without paying. The store’s loss prevention officer saw Duncan placing items in the backpack and called for police assistance.
A Gainesville Police Department (GPD) officer was standing by the exit when the loss prevention officer tried to stop Duncan, but Duncan allegedly refused to stop, telling the loss prevention officer that she was a minor and he could not touch her.
Duncan then allegedly pushed past the loss prevention officer to get to the second set of exit doors. The GPD officer approached her as she came out of the second set of doors and told her to stop; she allegedly refused at first but then stopped.
Post Miranda, Duncan reportedly said she stole the items because she just got out of prison and has no money.
Duncan was convicted in August 2021 of 18 felonies and eight misdemeanors, mostly grand theft auto, petit theft, burglary, and illegal possession of debit/credit cards; she served one year and seven months in prison and was released on January 2. Bail information is unavailable on weekends.
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