A 22-year-old Racine woman is facing nearly 17 years in prison after she allegedly pushed a Walmart security officer twice while trying to shoplift from the store.
Kaneesha L. Briggs was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Monday with one count of retail theft, one count of obstructing an officer and one count of robbery with use of force. If convicted, she faces up to 16 ½ years in prison and $70,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Saturday afternoon, a security officer at Walmart spotted Briggs take items from the shelves then conceal them in her purse. She then walked to a different area of the store, talked with friends for a little bit and then tried to walk out of the store without paying for the merchandise.
The security officer stopped Briggs and tried to detain her, but she pushed the officer twice, then fled on foot.
Mount Pleasant police officers found Briggs near Durand Avenue and Cozy Acre Road wearing a pink shirt, leopard pants and no shoes. She was taken back to the store for questioning, but was disruptive while officers tried to interview her and the security officer so she was taken to the police station to be processed.
Briggs has a prior conviction of misdemeanor retail theft from 2009, and is currently being held in Racine County Jail. Briggs' next court appearance is an initial appearance on Oct. 25 before Court Commissioner Alice A. Rudebusch.