Mount Pleasant police say a trio from Kenosha stole a cart full of merchandise from Walmart and are now facing felony charges.
Suzanne Castro, 31, and Kayla Pavlovich, 30, both of Kenosha were charged Wednesday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count each of retail theft. Pavlovich was also charged with felony bail jumping. If convicted, Castro faces up to 3-1/2 years in jail and/or up to $10,000 in fines, and Pavlovich faces up to 9-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were called at 1:41 a.m. Wednesday to Walmart, 3049 S. Oakes Road, for a report of retail theft. Witnesses said they watched a woman – later identified as Pavlovich – push a cart full of items past the last point of purchase and out of the store. Security personnel told police they confronted the woman who denied stealing anything and said she paid for the items in electronics.
Officers say one of the defendants grabbed two bags before jumping into a silver SUV. Store security told police the vehicle was being driven by another woman. Police traced the license plate back to a man with a Kenosha address.
The man told officers he let a Stephanie Castro borrow his SUV, the complaint reads, and when police tracked her down at a relative’s house Pavlovich was there, too. Both women were placed under arrest.
Police say Castro yelled, “We didn’t take anything, yes I was driving, but I didn’t leave with anything!” During questioning, Pavlovich admitted to being the one who pushed the cart out of the store and said Castro and the owner of the SUV were waiting in the vehicle.
Walmart employees recovered the cart and retrieved the items Pavlovich tried to steal. The total came to $802.74.
Both women remain in the Racine County Jail; Castro was assigned a $500 cash bond, and Pavlovich was given a $750 cash bond. Castro will next be in court May 6 for her preliminary hearing. Pavlovich will have her preliminary hearing April 29.
The man has not been charged and is not listed on the Racine County Jail inmate list.