She tried to quash her theft warrants. She got caught for stealing in the process, police say

As the idiom goes, you can’t help others until you help yourself.

That idiom doesn’t apply to helping yourself to the merchandise.

A woman who was in Gig Harbor Municipal Court to quash two $10,000 theft warrants Wednesday was caught after stealing from a local store during the court’s lunch break, Police Chief Kelly Busey said.

“She didn’t help her cause for getting her warrant quashed, let’s put it that way,” Busey said wryly.

The woman arrived early at the courthouse to quash her warrants, Busey said, so staff there advised her to show up at 1:30 p.m., when the lunch break ends.

During that down time, the woman and two others went to a thrift store about a mile and a half away, Busey said.

She attempted to steal some items and the store’s loss prevention officer confronted her about it, Busey said. Two of the three people left the area, but police talked to the third person involved.

“She said, ‘I think she had to leave because she had a court date,’” Busey said.

Dots were connected, and the woman was booked into jail on the two outstanding warrants. Charges in Wednesday’s incident are pending.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker