Preble Shawnee teacher accused of stealing from Wal-Mart, faces theft charge

EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Preble Shawnee teacher is arrested after she’s caught stealing items from Wal-Mart in Eaton, according to an Eaton police report.

It happened Thanksgiving Day at the Wal-Mart located on E. Washington-Jackson Road in Eaton.

Molly Shockey, 45, who is listed as an employee with Preble Shawnee Schools, specifically at Camden Elementary School, is accused of theft from the store. According to the report, Shockey is a resident of West Alexandria.

Employees at Wal-Mart reported to police that they witnessed Shockey scan one item, then place two un-scanned items in her bag, according to a police report from the Eaton Police Division.

When police arrived, they went over the total cost that had been printed on Shockey’s receipt and compared it to the actual value in her cart — $162.38. The report does not list what the total on her receipt was.

After police placed her in handcuffs, they located more stolen items in her purse. Police then transported her to the police department where she was taken in for questioning.

According to the officer’s report of the incident, “Molly informed me that this was all just a misunderstanding that she had every intention to pay for the items and just forgot. I informed Molly that I did not believe that and that nobody else believes that.”

Shockey filled out two written statements — as the first was not sufficient — claiming it was “a poor decision and that she accepts complete responsibility for everything that happened. Molly goes on to state that she does not have a criminal background and has never done anything like this before nor will she ever do anything like this again,” according to the report.

She faces a single charge of theft — a first-degree misdemeanor. She has pled not guilty, according to court records.

Wal-Mart employees told police they are working on giving them surveillance video.

She is scheduled to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 25, 2017.

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