Suspected Tacoma shoplifter falls for oldest trick in the book

TACOMA, Wash. -- A quick-thinking Tacoma Police Department officer used the oldest trick in the book to confirm a shoplifter's identity, according to charges filed Monday with Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, Keri Krum walked into a Tacoma St. Vincent de Paul thrift store last Saturday and put her purse and some merchandise into a duffel bag before attempting to walk out without paying.

A female employee tried to stop Krum and was hit in the face for her trouble, according to the charging documents.

A second employee stopped Krum from getting into her truck. But when the first employee came outside and tried to reason with Krum, Krum reportedly threw some of the stolen merchandise at her and ran across the street.

According to the charging documents, officers found Krum hiding behind a dumpster with the duffel bag nearby.

Krum, who admitted putting merchandise in the duffel bag but denied hitting the employee, gave her name as C. Gregory, born in 1954, according to the charging documents.

Officers were unable to find anyone by that name in the system and noted the birth date appeared to be approximately two decades off for the 39-year-old Krum.

According to the charging documents, officers found Krum's social security card containing her actual name and birth date on her. Regardless, Krum reportedly continued to insist she was C. Gregory, born 1954.

As she was being put into a patrol car, one officer yelled, "Hey Keri!" According to the charging documents, Krum responded, "Yes?" She then realized what she had done, put her head down and muttered an expletive.

Krum is charged with robbery and giving a false statement.