Spokane vintage store accuses elderly woman of shoplifting

Spokane vintage store accuses elderly woman of shoplifting

The owners of a small Spokane vintage shop feel betrayed and now they’re blasting an alleged thief on social media.

Diana Chelf, co-owner of Two Women Goods on East Sprague, said she noticed an item missing from her store over the weekend.

“It’s a pussy willow tree that lights up. And I had put three in that chair over there, and so when I was closing up, I just noticed there were two,” Chelf said.

None had been sold recently so Chelf had an employee run the security cameras back, and that’s when they saw an older woman pick up the $40 light tree.

“I have to laugh now because she looked right at the camera and one point and I don’t think she thought it was a camera,” Chelf said.

The woman can be seen in the security video putting the light under her coat. She later walks out of the store. Chelf said the item was never paid for.

“Losing items, no matter how big they are, that really hurts our bottom line,” she said.

Chelf called Crime Check and plans to hand the video footage over to police. She shared a copy of it on her store’s Facebook page — it has been viewed nearly 9,000 times since it was posted Monday. Chelf hopes someone will recognize the suspected shoplifter.

“They should be ashamed of themselves.”

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