Police: Woman tried to steal clothes, hygiene products from stores

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Tamara Watkins, 45 Tamara Watkins, 45

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) – A Decatur woman stands accused of attempting to steal from several stores in the city this year.

Sworn statements from police say Walgreens (625 W. Pershing Road) caught Tamara Watkins, 45, putting bottles of body wash in a purse on March 21. Police say she took items carrying a total value of over $100 on March 24 from that store, then a bar of soap on March 25.

On the afternoon of May 5, police say loss prevention officers caught Watkins stuffing Von Maur clothing into her waistband and trying to leave the store with it. They say the clothes had a cost of about $765.

Police say Watkins lied to police about her name at first, then admitted she gave a fake name in the Von Maur theft.

Watkins is charged with retail theft, burglary and obstructing identification. She has 23 convictions on her record for larceny, according to police.

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