A 22-year-old Orlando woman learned something Monday: allegedly taking items from a store without paying for them is shoplifting, while taking those same items from a store employee trying to recover them is considered robbery.
Clermont police said they were called to the Bealls Outlet store on State Road 50 in response to a retail theft that reportedly had turned violent.
A store loss prevention officer said she noticed three women in the children’s department who were looking around nervously as they removed clothing from the racks. The loss prevention officer said she got on the store’s public address system and told the women to put the clothing back.
One of the women, Lashavia Denise Spatcher, continued removing clothing and concealing the items, the loss prevention officer said.
The other two women dropped their items of clothing before leaving the store, but Spatcher passed all points of sale and walked out with the clothing, according to an arrest affidavit. The loss prevention officer then confronted Spatcher outside the store and a scuffle reportedly ensued.
“(The loss prevention officer) was able to get the items back, but Lashavia began to strike her in order to regain the items she took from the store,” the affidavit states.
The loss prevention officer’s hair was pulled and she was scratched during the incident, police said.
Spatcher was charged with robbery not involving a firearm or weapon. She was released from the Lake County jail after paying a $10,000 bond.