Shoplifting charge leads to felony possession arrest

A 31-year-old Bradenton Beach woman faces a felony possession of a controlled substance charge following a shoplifting incident at a Bradenton Walmart.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Erin Wright entered the Walmart, 5315 Cortez Road W., and proceeded to the cosmetics department. Wright carried $115 worth of cosmetic items to the furniture department, where she allegedly placed them into her purse.

Police say Wright then went to pay for some items, but attempted to leave the store without paying for the cosmetics.

Loss prevention stopped Wright and detained her until a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived. Wright’s purse was searched, at which time the deputy allegedly located four alprazolam pills and one diazepam pill.

She was unable to provide the prescription bottles for the pills. She was arrested for misdemeanor petit theft and felony possession of a controlled substance.

According to the report, Wright admitted to the theft and told the deputy she did not know why she stole the items.

Wright was booked into the Manatee County jail on $2,000 bond. According to the jail website, she posted bond the same day and was released.

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