Local Woman Allegedly Attempts to Rob Walmart, Forgets Keys Inside

Police car lightsYOUNG TOWNSHIP, Pa. (EYT) – A Marion Center woman was arrested after she allegedly tried to rob Walmart, ran from the store and changed her clothing, then returned because she forgot her keys.

According to a criminal complaint, around 9:10 p.m. on September 20, police responded to Walmart in Young Township after receiving a report of an armed robber.

A customer service employee allegedly told police a woman, later identified as Lane Nicole Shelstad, 33, of Marion Center, came to her register and said to empty all of the cash out and give it to her. Then, Shelstad said she had a gun in her purse. The employee “told the lady to get out of the store because she was not giving her the money,” and Shelstad then ran out of the store, the complaint states.

At around 9:30 p.m., police spoke with Shelstad, who was allegedly standing near the service desk in Walmart. Shelstad allegedly told police her sister had tried to rob Walmart, then said it was “a friend she had met six weeks ago” but was not sure of the friend’s name, the complaint continues.

Around 11:00 p.m. police interviewed Shelstad who allegedly said she had been lying about people’s names and provided a written statement saying she parked her vehicle behind Walmart, walked around the building and entered the front, loaded a car with items for her daughter and mother, then went to the customer service desk and asked the lady there to empty the register because she had a gun in her possession, the complaint states.

Shelstad allegedly said the Walmart employee didn’t give her any money, so she ran out of the store to her car, changed her clothes and went back inside “because she had forgot her keys in a little purse that she had left at the service desk,” according to the complaint.

According to online court documents, Shelstad was arraigned at 10:45 a.m. on September 21 before District Judge Robert Chambers.

She faces the following charges:

  • Robbery with threat of immediate serious injury – Felony 1
  • Criminal attempt of robbery with threat of immediate serious injury
  • Criminal attempt of theft by unlawful taking of movable property – Felony 1
  • Disorderly conduct by engaging in fighting – Misdemeanor 3
  • Disorderly conduct which is hazardous or physically offensive – Misdemeanor 3

Unable to post bail of $80,000.00 cash, she was placed in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing has been set for 10:00 a.m. on November 25 with Judge Chambers presiding.


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