Williams Arrested for Shoplifting at Poteau Walmart


Melissa Williams (photo courtesy of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office)

Melissa Williams, 48 of Mansfield, was arrested by the Poteau Police Department on Saturday, August 15.

Williams was charged with larceny/theft-shoplifting after allegedly taking 15 miscellaneous items valued at $312.28 from a Poteau, OK Walmart. After being charged, Williams was released.

Charges are also pending against Williams and her daughter, Erica Elmore, 27, for allegedly cheating or defrauding that same Poteau Walmart. According to the police report, the two switched prices on merchandise, placing lower priced tags on higher priced items. The alleged crime took place from April through May of 2020.

In Sebastian County, Williams is a defendant in three open cases. She is awaiting trial dates on charges of false evidences of title or registration-alters registration, theft of property <=$1,000, and breaking or entering. Williams and Stephanie Elmore, 47 of Huntington, have an upcoming court date in September. Both have been charged with felony breaking and entering of a Huntington residence.

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