PEORIA — A woman's repeat booze-filching caper came to an end at a South Peoria retailer, according to a Peoria police report.
Friday, police were summoned to UFS Downtown Outlet Center, 1800 SW Adams. According to store employees, a woman had been shoplifting liquor through a simple scheme. She would arrive with a big purse, fill it with bottles of alcohol and put a case of water atop the purse, the report stated. As she would go through check-out, a clerk would scan the water but not notice anything in the purse, the report stated.
However, in time, the store figured out the ruse. At 10 a.m. Friday, after she pulled the same scheme, an employee stopped her out front and found five small bottles of Crown Royal Regal Apple Whisky in her purse, the report stated.
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The store called police. Arriving to question the woman, an officer noticed something under her shirt, the report stated. On the right and left sides of her waistband, the officer found a bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila, the report stated.
The woman, 39, admitted to having stolen liquor from UFS before, typically selling the booze to others, the report said.
She was taken to the Peoria County Jail and booked on a misdemeanor count of theft. Police confiscated her big purse as evidence.