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Three face shoplifting charges in separate cases

Three local residents will be in court to enter pleas concerning separate shoplifting charges.

Mariah Younker, 31, of Ceres, is accused of stealing $189 worth of personal hygiene products hidden in her purse as she tried to leave Rancho San Miguel, 1611 Hatch Road, on Dec. 22. Police say she paid for other items at 8:27 p.m. but not what was in her purse. She was cited and released.

At 11:02 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, Walmart store loss prevention officers said Dave Freitas, 35, of Ceres, wheeled out a cart at the garden department in an attempt to steal $78.80 in merchandise that included batteries, a knife set, an umbrella, bungee cords, a blanket, crayons, paint and baseball bat. When he was confronted for the theft, Freitas allegedly swung a bat at the employee. He then ran across Mitchell Road where he was located by police. Freitas was arrested for robbery since he used a bat to steal the items. He also had an outstanding burglary and narcotics warrant issued by Atwater Police.

Kmart security staff called police at 6:27 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 27 to report that Nadine Thompson, 45, of Modesto, had concealed several clothing items in a bag she brought into the store and tried to walk out nonchalantly without paying for them.

She was cited and released and the $144.96 worth of the purloined goods was returned to Kmart.