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Published on - Jan. 20, 2011
‘Terrible thief’ arrested for shoplifting
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PINELLAS PARK – A St. Petersburg woman, who told a Pinellas Park police officer she was a recovering drug addict and a “terrible thief,” was arrested Jan. 11 for shoplifting $5.44 worth of merchandise from the Walmart Supercenter on 8001 U.S. 19.

According to police records, Gina Marie Regan, 37, complained to a Walmart security officer about how expensive hair color is, making the comment that she would “take care of business” once the officer left. The security officer left and began watching Regan from the store surveillance cameras. She saw Regan stash some items in her purse, items she did not remove when she paid for the other items in her cart at the cash register.

Regan was stopped by security after she passed all cash registers. A package of Noxema razors, worth $2.97, Arrid deodorant, worth $1.97 and a Tampa Tribune newspaper were found in her purse.

She told the responding Pinellas Park police officer that she “made a mistake” and did not even know why she tried to steal.

“I am a terrible thief,” she said, according to records.

She told the officer she was just trying to “get ahead” as a recovering drug addict and needed money for her daily methadone dosage, explaining that she didn’t want to relapse because she didn’t get her medication.

She reportedly said she did take some items, but decided to put them back. She claimed that she didn’t know the deodorant, razors and newspaper were still in her purse.

Regan has been convicted of retail theft before, police discovered. Since 2007, she has several charges for possession of prescription drugs in Pinellas County, court records show. She was still in Pinellas County Jail at press time.
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