Police: Woman steals from local KMart, scales fence and breaks into home

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by Jasmine Huda / News 4 and Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 19 at 5:23 AM

(KMOV.com) – An accused shoplifter allegedly took extreme measures to avoid being caught, including scaling a tall fence and breaking into a home.

St. Louis County Police said Jessica Ratcliff, 35, stole cosmetics from a K-Mart store on Lemay Ferry Road. She then allegedly ran from loss prevention, scaled a tall fence and past homes on Anita Drive.

A neighborhood resident told police Ratcliff came through the side yard and then broke into a neighbor’s home.

Police said Ratcliff’s fingerprints were discovered on the exterior of the home and inside the bedroom closet.

Ratcliff is now charged with a misdemeanor for stealing and a felony for burglary.

According to police, Ratcliff was supporting a drug habit.

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