Police: Alleged shoplifter “faints” after being caught stealing

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OKLAHOMA CITY -  An alleged shoplifter is arrested in southwest Oklahoma City after using a dramatic technique to appear oblivious to the crime, police say.

Authorities say 34-year-old Melanie Koss 'fainted' after she had allegedly been caught stealing at Hobby Lobby, near I-240 and Penn.

According to a police report, Koss looked like she was shopping at 11:50 a.m. when she "left (the register)... without paying for the items concealed in her purse."

A store employee said they found jewelry, a clock and candles inside a compartment in her purse.

When a loss prevention officer caught her, the report says "(Koss) told him she was feeling faint, stood up and passed out, falling slowly to the ground, checking herself before she hit the ground."

EMSA and the fire department were called to the scene.

"Paramedics could find absolutely nothing wrong with her," MSgt. Gary Knight, with the Oklahoma City Police Department,  said. "And all of her vital signs, and things along those lines, were within normal range."

After"fainting," the report says Koss "...looked at (the officer) and said 'What happened?'"

"It's not unusual for someone who's under arrest to feign a medical condition in order to avoid going to jail," Knight said. "They would much rather prefer to go to a hospital instead of jail."

The report says Koss "has been arrested 6 times previously for larceny of merchandise."

Previous police reports show her being accused of stealing clothing and furs from a Name Brand Clothing.

At various Wal-Mart stores, reports indicate she tried to steal household cleaning supplies and duct tape.

At a Sears in 2010, she was accused of stealing jeans and shirts.

"There should be no shock here on her part," Knight said. "This is somebody who's become rather seasoned at stealing."

Court records show Koss faced drug charges in Cleveland County four years ago and pleaded guilty last year to larceny of merchandise in Oklahoma County.

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