JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Craighead County judge found probable cause Wednesday to charge a woman with theft after police said she hit a store manager in the face while trying to steal $150 worth of meat.
Jonesboro police said 43-year-old Angela Ruth Watson of Jonesboro walked into Kroger, 1525 S. Caraway, on Tuesday afternoon and proceeded to fill her purse with meat.
When she walked out of the store without paying, the manager followed Watson out to her car and asked to see the merchandise.
Watson grabbed her purse and returned to the store, the report said. Once inside, she headed into the women's restroom where other employees reported seeing her trying to hide the stolen meat.
After she realized the workers were watching her, Watson left the store.
The store manager again followed her to her car and attempted to make contact.
According to the incident report, she threw the merchandise in the back seat then hit the manager in the face with her hand and the car door, before driving away.
The manager wrote down the tag number and called police.
A short time later police found and arrested Watson on suspicion of robbery.
On Wednesday, Craighead County District Court Judge David Boling found probable cause to charge Watson with robbery, a Class B felony. If convicted she could be fined as much as $15,000 and spend 5-20 years in prison.
Boling also found probable cause to charge her with misdemeanor theft $1,000 or less; which carries a fine of as much as $2,500 and up to 1 year in prison.
Boling set Watson's bond at $2,500 cash or surety and ordered her to appear in circuit court on Aug. 29.
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