Maybe the lipstick she had just wasn't her shade, but a 25-year-old Port Washington woman is charged with being part of a massive health and beauty-shoplifting spree across southeastern Wisconsin.
Amanda S. Bingham was charged in Racine County Circuit Court Friday with one count of retail theft. If convicted, she faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On July 14, a woman walked into a Caledonia Pick’n Save store with a man, then stuffed $641 worth of health and beauty products into a red bag and walked out the door without paying. A security officer for the store noticed the couple looked like the same people who had recently stole items worth $1,200 from the Rapids Drive location.
The security officer discovered similar capers had taken place at Pick’n Save stores in Oak Creek, Greenfield and West Allis. Police were given Bingham’s name after someone saw the suspect's picture on a news story and recognized her.
Caledonia police officers called Bingham who said she had been at the stores, but hadn’t stolen anything. When confronted with the surveillance videos, Bingham then said the man stole the items and she was just along with him at the time.
She told police she didn’t know what the man did with the items, but claimed he was a drug addict who trades items for drugs.
On July 30, police contacted Bingham’s probation agent who said she didn’t show up for a meeting and a warrant had been issued for her arrest.
She’s currently being held in Racine County Jail on a $250 signature bond.