Woman popped in Safeway theft scheme

Woman popped in Safeway theft scheme

Woman popped in Safeway theft scheme

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

GRESHAM, Ore. – Cops popped a woman Thursday who was ripping off Safeways and selling her ill-gotten goods over the Internet, police said.

Tawni Marie Hudson, 39, was stealing thousands of dollars in small items like mineral supplements, Rogaine, toothbrush heads, and flea medication for pets from dozens of Safeway stores across the Portland Metro Area, according to John Rasmussen with Gresham police.

Hudson would then allegedly sell the loot on sites like Craigslist and eBay, raking in thousands of dollars.

In October, Safeway’s Organized Retail Crime Investigators got hip to Hudson’s grift, and on Jan. 23, Gresham police arrested her near Southeast 181st Avenue and Southeast Burnside Street, Rasmussen said. She was reportedly carrying numerous stolen items totaling $600.

Hudson had an unrelated warrant from Washington County for a probation violation related to possession of methamphetamine and a warrant from Clackamas County for second-degree theft.

Hudson admitted to the Safeway theft scheme and was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on 43 counts of theft, Rasmussen said.

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