A 62-year-old Davenport woman tried to make off with more than $1,000 in merchandise from a Quad-City store before she was stopped by employees and ultimately arrested, police said Saturday.

Police charged Viola Mae Hubbs-Shankle with second-degree theft and fourth-degree theft.

Before the shoplifting attempt Friday morning at Target, 5225 Elmore Ave., Davenport, she had gone to the same store April 16 and stolen $350 worth of merchandise that morning, the arrest affidavit states.

Store staff could not apprehend the woman then, but they showed Davenport police a video of the suspect, the affidavit states. So when the woman returned Friday and tried to push a shopping cart containing items with a combined value of $1,060 out of the store, employees and police caught her, the affidavit states.

Second-degree theft is a Class D felony punishable in Iowa by up to five years in prison upon a conviction. Fourth-degree theft is a misdemeanor.


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