Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Woman accused of stealing groceries

Suspect faces possible felony burglary charge

Express Staff Writer

A 56-year-old Hailey woman may be charged with felony burglary for allegedly wheeling a loaded grocery cart out of Albertson's Food Center last week without paying for the goods.

Hailey police identified the woman as Kimberlee Boyett, who police described as a longtime resident of the area. She was not arrested but is expected to be summoned into Blaine County Magistrate Court on a felony burglary charge, said Hailey police Lt. Steve England.

Boyett is suspected of stealing about $300 worth of groceries and other merchandise from Albertson's at around 3 p.m. on Dec. 1.

"She went out the door with the cart," said England, who further reported that the woman was not detained by Albertson's personnel but was confronted with the allegation later that day at her home.

England said most of the merchandise, with the exception of some perishable goods, was recovered. He said police discussed the situation with the Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and a decision was made not to arrest Boyett but rather to issue a summons ordering her to appear on a burglary charge at a later date. No court date had been set as of Monday.

"She's been up here a lot of years and they just wanted to summons her," England said. "If they would have thought she was a flight risk at all, they would have arrested her."

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