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Theft at Wal-Mart leads to felony arrest

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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — A theft at Wal-Mart led to a Copperas Cove woman’s arrest Friday on two felony warrants.

Natasha May Bowden and Christopher John Magnelli were spotted fleeing Wal-Mart on April 5. The couple carried a stolen backpack containing about $650 in merchandise, according to police reports.

Wal-Mart loss prevention officer Stanley Struthers called the Copperas Cove Police Department after he confronted the suspects inquiring about the alleged stolen items. The couple subsequently fled on foot toward a nearby fast-food restaurant on East U.S. Highway 190.

Police arrived at 3:30 p.m. and both suspects were detained near the Wal-Mart parking lot. When asked for identification, Bowden gave a false name and date of birth, according to police.

When Magnelli was detained, however, officers found Bowden’s California identification card with her correct name and matching photo.

Bowden was arrested on two California warrants, one for impersonating someone else and making them liable and the other for grand theft more than $400.

Other police reports indicated:

  • Pilar Carol Whittington was arrested March 27 for allegedly possessing 6.17 ounces of marijuana.
  • Gerald Dee Brown was arrested at 2:15 a.m. April 5 for allegedly possessing 1.1 grams of methamphetamine.

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