HAYDEN, Idaho - Two people were arrested Friday evening after Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies responded to a reported shoplifting taking place at Walmart.
Walmart loss prevention staff at 550 W. Honeysuckle Ave. reported to deputies there was a male inside the store who was putting merchandise in his backpack. As deputies began surveillance on the suspect, he pushed his cart out of the store with over $1000 worth of stolen merchandise.
After giving deputies a fake name, the suspect identified himself as Lorce G. Price, 35, of Spokane. While Price was being interviewed, a Kootenai County sergeant noticed an accomplice of Price's waiting in the parking lot. She was identified as Marlene L. Pfeiffer, 27, of Moses Lake.
As deputies talked with Pfeiffer, they realized she was wearing a coat with department store tags on it. They also observed more merchandise in the car with tags and security devices attached. Drug paraphernalia was also in plain view inside of the car. A K9 unit arrived to the scene and was alerted to the presence of drug odor on the outside of the car.
Deputies linked Price and Pfeiffer to multiple recent store burglaries in the Couer d'Alene and Hayden area. Suspected stolen driver's licenses and credit cards were found in the car. Deputies also found a large amount of stolen merchandise with theft prevention devices still attached from multiple stores, tools used to defeat the theft devices, and methamphetamine.
Price was arrested for several counts of burglary, grand theft, possession of stolen property, removing a theft detection device, possession of burglary tools, and providing false information to a peace officer.
Pfeiffer was arrested for possession of stolen property, possession of methamphetamine, possession of burglary tools, removing a theft detection device, and possession of paraphernalia.
Additional charges are expected as more victims are identified and earlier theft reports from Walmart are reviewed.
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