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Cooke charged with stealing cart full of merchandise
City police arrested a Monterey woman on Jan. 20 after she allegedly attempted to steal a shopping cart load of merchandise from Walmart. According to Police Chief Randy Caplinger, Tasha Marie Cooke, 30, was charged with theft after an officer responding to a call of a shoplifter spoke with an employee of the store who told him that Cooke had filled a shopping cart full of items and proceeded out the front door and into the parking lot. Cooke allegedly told the policeman that she was stealing the items, valued at $1,742, for her friends.