Rockford woman charged with punching Belvidere Wal-Mart greeter
A Rockford woman punched a Wal-Mart greeter who tried to stop her from leaving the store with more than $1,500 in stolen merchandise, police said today.
Vivian L. Payne, 19, was stopped by two female greeters in their mid- to late 60s Friday afternoon when the anti-theft alarm sounded as she tried to leave the Belvidere Wal-Mart after buying two trash cans, according to police reports.
Payne punched one of the women in the face and fled into the parking lot. Wal-Mart employees tracked down Payne and apprehended her until the police arrived and arrested her.
The greeter who was punched, 65, was taken to OSF Saint Anthony Hospital for a cut on her face.
“The Police Department would like to acknowledge the exceptional bravery and due diligence in the apprehension of a fleeing felon,” Police Chief Jan Noble said today.
Payne tried to hide $1,514.63 in merchandise into the garbage cans she stored in her shopping cart. More than 180 items of clothing, jewelry, candy, a CD, a cell-phone charger and three packages of diapers were among the stolen items, reports say.
Payne also reportedly asked police to return her “sack of weed” when she was being taken into custody, according to the report.
Payne was charged with retail theft, aggravated battery, possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice, for intially providing officers with a false name.
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