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Woman charged with shoplifting 78 items in 11 hours from a single store

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FARGO - A 20-year-old St. Michael woman is charged with felony theft after police say she spent 11 hours in a south Fargo Wal-Mart on Friday, attempting to shoplift 78 items concealed about her person without paying for them.


Court records allege that store loss prevention officers watched Jessie Fay Cavanaugh for several hours, then called Fargo police when she tried to get into a cab.

She's accused of trying to take 78 items worth a combined total of more than $1,000. Court documents say the arresting officer observed that Cavanaugh "appeared to be under the influence of something."

Court records didn't list the items she's accused of trying to steal.

Cavanaugh appeared on the charges in Cass County District Court on Monday.