Police nab Nevada duo for drugs, theft during shoplifting round 2

WASHINGTON CITY – A Nevada man and woman were arrested Friday for drug possession and retail theft after they allegedly stole more than $1,500 worth of merchandise from the Washington Wal-Mart, located at 625 W. Telegraph Street, and then returned to the store two days later, attempting to steal from the store again.

On Wednesday, a man and a woman entered Wal-Mart and selected numerous items from the shelf.

The man, later identified as 32-year-old Christopher David Sheppard, of Henderson, Nevada, and the woman, identified as 29-year-old Krysta Lea Donnelly, of Las Vegas, left the store without purchasing the merchandise with an estimated total value of over $1,500, Washington City Police Officer Kory Klotz said in probable cause statements supporting the arrests.

Christopher David Sheppard, of Henderson, Nevada, booking photo posted Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Christopher David Sheppard, of Henderson, Nevada, booking photo posted Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

On Friday, the two returned to the store and attempted the same type of theft, the statements said. They each selected numerous items and began to leave the store.

The two were stopped prior to exiting the store and were detained. The total amount of the attempted theft was also over $1,500, according to the statements.

“During the search of (Sheppard), I located a concealed bi-fold knife in his front pocket,” Klotz wrote in a statement of probable cause. “I then located a pair of silver brass knuckles in his back pocket behind his wallet.”

Officers inventoried the vehicle located in the parking lot the two arrived at the store in. Inside the vehicle, officers discovered a small substance that tested positive for heroin, two smoking pipes with burnt residue and a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana, Klotz said in the statements.

Because of the location the vehicle was parked, drug charges were enhanced because it fell within a drug-free zone – within 1,000 feet of Nisson Park and a trail system.

Krysta Lea Donnelly, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Krysta Lea Donnelly, of Las Vegas, Nevada, booking photo posted Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

“Both suspects would not speak to me about the thefts or the illegal substances found in the vehicle,” Klotz said.

Sheppard and Donnelly were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Sheppard was charged with one second-degree felony for drug possession; two third-degree felonies for retail theft; and four class A misdemeanors for retail theft and possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and a dangerous weapon.

His bail pending trial is set at $25,000.

Donnelly was charged with one second-degree felony for drug possession; two third-degree felonies for retail theft; and three class A misdemeanors for retail theft and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Judge G. Michael Westfall, of the 5th District Court, set Donnelly’s bail at $20,000 during her initial court appearance Monday.

Both Sheppard and Donnelly are scheduled to make their next court appearance on March 2, where they will both be represented by court appointed Attorney Aric Cramer.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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