$n$ Walla Walla woman arrested after alleged theft, confrontation at Macy's

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WALLA WALLA -- A local woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of robbery, authorities said.

Vanessa M. Drake, 29, of 901 W. Poplar St., was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of second-degree robbery.

Drake is accused of taking clothing and jewelry from Macy's Department Store, at 54 E. Main St., about 11:45 a.m. without paying, said Walla Walla police Detective Miguel Sanchez.

A store security guard approached Drake outside the store, Sanchez said. The security guard told police that during the confrontation, Drake struck her in the face, threw the clothes back, and ran from the store without returning the jewelry.

Drake was arrested by city police shortly after near Fifth Avenue and Main, officials said.

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