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Theft at Walmart leads to felony arrest

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Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 3:47 pm

A petty Walmart theft lead to a Copperas Cove woman's arrest on two felony warrants Friday.

According to police reports, Natasha May Bowden and Christopher John Magnelli were spotted fleeing Walmart on April 5. The couple carried a stolen backpack containing around $650 in merchandise.

Walmart Loss Prevention Officer Stanley Struthers reportedly called the Copperas Cove Police Department after he confronted the suspects, inquiring about the alleged stolen items and the couple subsequently fled on foot towards a nearby Arby's.

Police arrived at the location, 2720 E. Highway 290, around 3:30 p.m.

Officers detained both suspects near the Walmart parking lot, yet when asked for identification Bowden gave a false name and birthday.

When Magnelli was detained, however, Officers found Bowden's California Identification Card with the correct name and matching picture on it.

Two felony warrants were out for Bowden's arrest. Both California charges, one for impersonating a person and making them liable, and the other and for grand theft over $400.

According to police reports, other Copperas Cove arrests include:

Pilar Carol Whittington was arrested on March 27 for allegedly possessing 6.17 ounces of marijuana.

Gerald Dee Brown was arrest at 2:15 a.m. on April 5 for allegedly possessing 1.1 grams of methamphetamine.

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