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Published February 05, 2013, 10:30 AM

Woman goes on 11 hour shoplifting spree at Fargo Walmart

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo police are investigating a shoplifting case that sounds like it couldn't be real. A 20 year-old woman is behind bars for spending half a day shoplifting in Walmart. She got away with nearly 100 items.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Fargo police are investigating a shoplifting case that sounds like it couldn't be real. A 20 year-old woman is behind bars for spending half a day shoplifting in Walmart. She got away with nearly 100 items.

Police say the suspect was in the South Fargo Walmart from 4 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon. She shop-lifted for 11 hours straight and loss prevention officers trailed her nearly the entire time.

Aaron Berg – Sentry Security Trainer: "They have a tendency to look around, spend a lot of time in areas, they look suspicious."

Sentry Security's Aaron Berg says that's what typically gives people away. Police say, while possibly under the influence, 20 year-old Jessie Cavanaugh was caught in Walmart stuffing away 78 items on her person totaling more than $1000.

Megan Johnson – NDSU Student: "I don't know how she did that. I'm kind of impressed in a way, almost, but shocked at the same time."

Nicolette Griffith – NDSU Student: "I think that's crazy, I mean shoplifting is awful, and then to spend 11 hours doing that."

It happened last Friday at the Walmart on 55th Avenue South. Now, the Saint Michael woman is charged with felony theft.

Aaron Berg: "I don't think it's as rare as we think it is."

Sentry Security does it all: company security, private protection, and in-store loss prevention. Berg's witnessed a lot of crime the F-M area - from young, inexperienced shop-lifters stealing candy and makeup to…

Aaron Berg: "The person who has done it before, and gotten away with it, and has a system down. Then you have large-scale operations."

He's worked at big box retailers too. To help battle thieves, Berg says everything helps, from uniformed officers, to surveillance cameras, to loss prevention officers

Aaron Berg: "Who are dressed like regular shoppers who patrol the store and make observations."

Walmart staff wouldn't comment on camera, but told me they take thefts seriously, and have a dedicated team working to identify shoplifters.

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