Two women from Tacoma were arrested on suspicion of eluding police and theft Saturday night after they allegedly stole merchandise from Target in west Olympia.
One of the women, Anne Faalogo, 27, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court. A court commissioner set bail at $2,500 and found probable cause for two charges: second-degree theft and third-degree assault. The second charge stems from an alleged assault on a Target loss prevention officer.
Faalogo said in court that she’s in the process of changing her name to Stephanie Pula, the name she was booked into the Thurston County jail under.
A second woman, a 37-year-old Tacoma resident, was scheduled to appear in court, but the appearance was stricken from the court calendar Monday.
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About 10:10 p.m. Saturday, four people entered Target and began filling their carts with an estimated $2,000 in merchandise, Olympia Police Lt. Paul Lower said. Store security became suspicious and confronted the group near the doors, prompting Faalogo to allegedly slam a security person’s hand in the door.
The four people fled the store, and their car was initially pursued by Olympia police through the Capital Mall parking lot until it crashed into a curb near 24-hour Fitness, Lower said. Two of the people jumped out of the car and hid in a nearby wooded area, but eventually surrendered to police, he said. Two other people were in the car at the time.
Lower said police slowed their pursuit because of the number of people in the area at the time of the robbery. Capital Mall is home to a movie theater.
Charges are pending for a 29-year-old Tacoma man, and another woman isn’t facing charges.