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Woman with child in tow arrested after allegedly stealing items at Walmart

A Davenport woman was arrested for theft after Walmart employees spotted her bagging items without paying at self-checkout with her child in tow.

Dominique Aigne Townsend
Dominique Aigne Townsend

A deputy responded to Walmart, located at 550 U.S. Hwy. 27, regarding a retail theft around 1:17 p.m. Monday, according to an arrest report from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. 

Upon arrival, the deputy met with Loss Prevention associates who advised that they observed 37-year-old Dominique Aigne Townsend at self-checkout purposefully not scanning all her items. Some of the items were being skipped entirely while others were stacked together and scanned as one. She then left the store through the grocery exit, passing all points of sale without payment. Loss Prevention associates stopped her and brought her to the office without incident, the report said. 

Loss Prevention was able to show the deputy surveillance footage of Townsend taking items directly from her cart and bagging them. She could also be seen scanning one item but bagging multiple. These items consisted of various groceries, clothing and laundry supplies totaling $223.39, the report said. 

The report noted that a criminal history check revealed Townsend had one prior conviction for theft out of Orange County in 2015. 

The Pennsylvania native was subsequently arrested on charge of retail theft (second offense). Her child, who was with her, was turned over to her grandmother while Townsend was transported to Lake County Jail. She was released after posting $1,000 bond.

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