Tallahassee woman charged in Walmart carjacking accused in burglary at same store

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Posted at 12:30 PM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 12:30:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A woman accused of hitting a victim in the head with a bag of rocks during a carjacking at a local Walmart has now been charged for stealing a 50 inch TV from the same store just four days after the carjacking.

Courtney Knight, 30, has been charged with grand theft and burglary.

According to probable cause documents, officers were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter at 4400 West Tennessee Street about a delayed theft on Sept. 26.

A loss prevention officer told the officer the he was reviewing surveillance videos from Sept. 21 and noticed that around 5:10 p.m., he saw a woman going into Walmart with an empty shopping cart.

However, the woman soon got a 50 inch flat screen TV valued at $398 loaded into her cart and immediately walked to the grocery side of the store. Documents say the woman then approached the back storage room, which is for employees only.

The suspect left the shopping cart, walked into the backroom, then came back out onto the sales room to grab the cart and bring it into the backroom. While in the back, the loss prevention officer said he saw a sales associate back there as well.

According to court documents, the employee confronted the woman, who said that she was "looking for cheese." She then walked back out of the room, returned a short time later.

Documents say the employee saw the woman running through the backroom to the emergency exit door, where he heard it slam. When the employee opened the emergency door, he saw a Toyota Camry with a Georgia tag right outside the door. The woman and an unknown man loaded the TV into the car and left the area.

The loss prevention officer who reported the theft told officers that he was contacted about the carjacking on Sept. 17 and was able to identify the suspect in the carjacking, Knight, as the same woman involved in the theft from the same store a few days later.

After reviewing the evidence, officers found probable cause to charge Knight with the theft. She was already in jail for armed carjacking and aggravated battery charges.

Knight is being held on a $5,000 bond for the additional charges.