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Items State Police said have gone missing from area Walmart stores since January: A coffeemaker, a Christmas tree, a mixer, a set of pans, a case of Bud Light, a cookware set, two gallons of motor oil, a computer desk, a 10-piece dish set and a mattress.

All told, the stolen items cost more than $1,200. The lengthy investigation, which started Jan. 2 at the Queensbury Walmart, ended Monday with the arrest of Britney L. Shaffer, 29, of Hudson Falls on Mason Street in Glens Falls.

State Police Public Information Office Mark Cepiel said it took a while for police to find Shaffer. The first clue troopers had was a description of a bumper sticker on her vehicle that read, “South of the border.” With the help of Walmarts’ internal investigations, troopers made contact with Shaffer on Monday, and she turned herself in at the Queensbury barracks.

Cepiel added that troopers discovered Shaffer was already banned from entering Walmart stores, making her latest alleged thefts also wrack up trespassing charges.

She was charged with seven counts of third-degree criminal trespassing, misdemeanors, and fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. The Hudson Falls woman was given an appearance ticket and is expected to reappear in the City of Glens Falls Court.

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