Beatrice Officers make felony shoplifting arrest

BEATRICE – A 38-year-old woman was arrested Saturday, suspected of felony shoplifting at the Beatrice Walmart Store.

Beatrice Police were informed by store personnel they had stopped a woman acting suspiciously, who had gone through a self-checkout purchasing some items. Employees stopped the woman after they observed a backpack and lunch pail to be full, appearing to have merchandise inside.

The female produced a receipt, but it was discovered that items totaling about $132 had not been paid for. 

Police spoke with the woman, who said she had taken the items for her kids, who needed school supplies. Authorities allege the woman had also taken jewelry. Police arrested Jamie Fortney on suspicion of fourth-offense shoplifting, a felony.  Authorities say a criminal history check shows Fortney with three prior shoplifting convictions, in 2005, 2009 and 2017.