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A Chattanooga woman who was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at the LaFayette Walmart had several driver’s licenses.

According to LaFayette Police Department reports:

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, around 4:20 p.m., Denise Tia Thomas, 32, was witnessed by the Walmart loss prevention officer selecting expensive cookware items and appliances and trying to exit through the general merchandise door without paying for the items.

When confronted, Thomas gave the employee a driver’s license claiming it was hers, to which it was actually her sister’s.

When police arrived, they located several other licenses in her purse that did not belong to Thomas. This led police to believe Thomas was part of a shoplifting ring.

Thomas was banned from all Walmart stores in December 2014 and had signed paperwork agreeing to her ban.

Once Thomas’ identity was revealed, she was arrest along with her friend in the store, Shameca Lashon Burt, 39, of Chattanooga, who had an active warrant in Fulton County.

Thomas and Burt were arrested and transported to the Walker County jail without incident.

Thomas was charged with criminal trespassing and misdemeanor shoplifting.

Burt was charged with failure to appear.

Josh O'Bryant is a reporter for the Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.