DECATUR — A 53-year-old woman faces three preliminary counts of burglary for stealing from a Decatur Walmart three times and returning the items for a refund, police say. 

Police said the thefts were at the 4224 N. Prospect Drive location. A signed affidavit said officers were called to the store and spoke to a loss prevention officer on Jan. 8, who showed them surveillance footage of the thefts.

Footage from Dec. 31 showed the woman enter the store, remove a $29.68 cutting set and a $64 baby stroller off of the shelves and taking them to the return desk, police said. She returned the stolen items and got a $93.88 refund, the affidavit said. 

The woman returned on Jan. 3 and took a $14.88 Mattel card game, a $69.97 baby swing and a $39.94 package of diapers from the shelves. She then went to the return desk and turned the items in for a $124.79 refund, the affidavit said. 

The woman returned to Walmart once more on Jan. 7 and did the same thing with two packages of diapers worth $24.27 each. She returned them and got a $53.03 refund, the affidavit said. 

Police learned of the woman's identity by speaking to another Walmart employee, and later confirmed who she was by connecting the footage to a photo of her that police had on file, the affidavit said. 

She was arrested Thursday. 

Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. The woman was held in the Macon County Jail on Friday in lieu of a total of $15,000 bond.

She is ordered to stay away from any Walmart store if she makes bail. 

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