Sampson gets jail time for stealing baby formula

Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 10:00 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 4:08 p.m. CST

PRINCETON — An Aurora woman was ordered to serve 208 days in the Bureau County Jail after pleading guilty to the Class 3 felony of retail theft.

Tiffany N. Sampson, 22, entered her guilty plea to the felony charge on April 23 before Associate Circuit Judge C.J. Hollerich. In addition to the county jail time, she was placed on two and one-half years probation and ordered to pay restitution of $1,129 and a fine of $477 by Dec. 19.

Sampson was represented in court by Assistant Public Defender Eric May. Prosecuting the case was First Assistant State’s Attorney Anthony Sciuto.

On Dec. 23, 2013, the Princeton Police Department investigated the theft of merchandise at the Walmart Supercenter store in Princeton. Video evidence from the store confirmed Sampson to be the same individual who had been arrested Jan. 2 by the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Department for retail theft at the Walmart Supercenter in Ottawa. The modus operandi was the same at both locations, where Sampson and a male co-defendant would enter a Walmart store, place canned baby formula in rubber totes and leave the store without paying for the merchandise. Both Sampson and the co-defendant admitted to having heroin addictions and stealing the merchandise to pay for heroin.

Sampson had a misdemeanor retail theft conviction in 2012 in DuPage County.

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