Three booked in rash of Walmart thefts

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COLLEGE PLACE — Police have arrested three people in connection with ongoing thefts from Walmart and other area businesses.

According to information presented in Walla Walla County Superior Court this morning, police were notified Friday afternoon that three people had taken items from Walmart and then left in a vehicle together.

A short time later College Place police officers caught up with Darlene M. Mock, 54; Edwin R. Johnson, 49; and Danny K. Southards, 48, who were all passengers in a van that contained items believed to have been taken from Walmart, including diapers and a computer.

According to documents presented in court this morning Mock told officers she had tried to return the diapers to Walmart but the store was too busy. Neither she nor Johnson and Southards claimed to know anything about the computer, which officers noted still had parts of an anti-theft device attached.

According to the court documents, Mock is also suspected of forging checks that have been used at area businesses, including five checks to buy items valued at $1,419.28 at Walmart.

In at least three instances, items were later returned to Walmart for cash.

Mock was lodged at the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, giving false statements to police officers, obstructing law enforcement and driving while suspended.

Bail was set at $50,000. Johnson and Southards were lodged on investigation of second-degree burglary and second-degree theft.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at lukehegdal@wwub.com or 526-8326.

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