An Oxford woman faces a felony charge for allegedly stealing items from the Lenlock Wal-Mart.

Summer Nicole Shears, 25, was arrested Friday at 7:52 p.m. at Wal-Mart at 5560 McClellan Blvd. The arrest report lists the charge as strongarm robbery, a felony.

Summer Nicole Shears

Summer Nicole Shears (Calhoun County Sheriff's Office photo)

Anniston police Sgt. Kyle Price said that even a minor physical altercation with a store employee can push shoplifting — normally a misdemeanor — into third-degree robbery, commonly called strongarm robbery.

“If you attempt to leave the store, and if you use any force at all, it’s basically robbery third,” Price said.

Third-degree robbery is a Class C felony, punishable by one to 10 years in prison.

The warrant for Shears’ arrest says she’s accused of stealing thick-tipped marking pens from the store. A police report filed around the same time as Shears’ arrest lists markers and a V-Tech telephone as the stolen items.

The items are valued at $20, according to the report.

Shears remained in the county jail Monday, with bond set at $7,500, according to an online roster of inmates.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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