Three Perry County women were arrested after allegedly attempting a “Black Friday” shoplifting spree at a Pikeville store.

According to an arrest citation, Pikeville Police Department officers responded at approximately 9:25 p.m. to a report of a shoplifting incident at the Pikeville Walmart Supercenter. Loss prevention personnel at the store, the citation said, told officers the women who had committed the theft had left in a black Ford Fusion with a temporary registration plate.

Officers Joe Slone and Daniel Fields stopped the vehicle on U.S. 23 in Coal Run, the citation said, and were given a consent to search the vehicle. The women in the vehicle, identified as Crystal R. Colwell, 35, Theresa Toler, 35, and Donna M. Stidham, 40, all of the Perry County community of Busy, fit the description of the women who had stolen the items from the store, documents said.

While searching the vehicles, the citations said, officers found numerous bags of merchandise from Walmart, but no receipts showing that the items had been purchased. During the course of the investigation, the citation said, officers found that the women had “faked” a transaction, with Stidham actively attempting to make a purchase while Toler and Colwell exited the store with the items being purchased. Stidham, the citation said, ultimately canceled the transaction before the sale was complete.

The total value of the stolen items, the citation said, was more than $1,400, and included clothing, tools, candy, automotive parts and other items.

The women were lodged in the Pike County Detention Center on charges of theft and third-degree burglary. All three remained lodged in the jail as of presstime Monday.

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