LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A judge has granted shock probation for a Lufkin woman who had been serving time in prison for stealing $87 worth of cosmetics and pushing store employees out of her way at a Dollar General store in December.
Ross pleaded guilty to the crime in January, accepting a 10 year prison sentence with the understanding that Judge Gerald Goodwin would consider shock probation for her.
According to the arrest report, two employees at the store, located at 1606 Atkinson Drive, attempted to stop Ross, who was trying to leave the store without paying for the cosmetics. Ross struck one of the employees in the face, then pushed the other into a door and left the store in a Nissan Frontier, according to the report.
One of the employees managed to get her purse and found $87 worth of cosmetics inside.
Lufkin Police officers found the vehicle on Paul Avenue near Medford Drive and arrested her on a charge of robbery.
Ross began serving a five-year probation period in September after she pleaded guilty to stealing an $18 hat from a store in Lufkin Mall.
According to an arrest affidavit, Ross went into the store on March 22, took a hat off the wall, and placed it on her head. She then pushed the tag under the hat and left the store.
The manager of Claire's followed Ross through the mall, the affidavit stated. When the employee tried to get Ross to return the hat, the woman became confrontational and claimed she had paid for the hat.
After the manager convinced Ross to return to Claire's, they met mall security and called the Lufkin Police Department. When the manager tried to get Ross' information, she ran out of the mall and got into a vehicle, according to the affidavit.
A maintenance man stood behind her car attempting to get her license plate number. At that point, she backed up at a high rate of speed and hit the man in the legs, according to the affidavit. The maintenance man, who suffered bruises near his knees, would have been killed if he had not moved out of the way, according to the store manager.
Ross left the hat which started the whole confrontation behind.