Lake Worth Woman stole Wal-Mart crates, tried to ram managers with truck

 

Police: Woman stole Wal-Mart crates, tried to ram managers with truck photo

A Lake Worth woman spent her 40th birthday in jail Friday after she was allegedly caught this week trying to steal more than $400 worth of plastic crates from the Palm Springs Wal-Mart store.

Village police arrested Margarita Margetis on Thursday on two counts of aggravated assault and once count each of grand theft and being a felony habitual traffic offender. Margetis, who turned 40 on Friday, remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $19,000 bail.

Police said Margetis tried to steal 48 plastic crates valued at $10 each from the Wal-Mart store on Tenth Avenue North. A Wal-Mart assistant manager told officers that several of the company’s stores have experienced crate thefts in recent weeks. The manager said he believes there is a ring running the operation.

As officers arrived at the Palm Springs store, Margetis dumped the crates and tried to flee, according to a police arrest report made public Friday.

Two Wal-Mart assistant store managers told officers they tried to stop Margetis from stealing the crates, with one parking his vehicle in front of her 1999 Dodge Ram pickup.

Margetis nearly nearly hit the man’s vehicle and almost ran both assistant managers over, police said.

Officers stopped the vehicle, which was registered to a business, Aqua Clean. An officer reportedly noticed several empty beer cans in the bed of the pickup. The officer also noticed that the truck’s windshield was cracked on the driver’s side, the arrest report said. The report does not detail what relationship Margetis has with Aqua Clean.

The assistant managers provided police with surveillance video that allegedly showed Margetis steal the crates and attempt to run over the managers.

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