Woman accused of mixing community service, petty theft

Published: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 11:43 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 11:43 a.m.

A woman performing community service hours at the Salvation Army Thrift Store was arrested for shoplifting from the store.

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Alachua County Jail

Latonya Omega Jackson, 19, of Old Town, was charged with petty theft for allegedly taking three shirts and a pair of jeans with a combined value of $10.96.

The incident was reported at 3:30 p.m. Monday by employees of the store at 55 NW 23rd Ave.

Gainesville police spokeswoman Summer Hallett said Jackson reportedly put the clothing in her purse. Hallet said that when Jackson was confronted she claimed someone outside the store was forcing her to take the items.

Jackson had been ordered to perform 15 days of community service for an earlier, unrelated trespassing case that began as a felony charge and had been reduced to a misdemeanor.

Public records show Jackson was being held at the Alachua County Jail on Tuesday morning.

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