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June Reiko Cooper, 40, is back in custody, accused of more thefts in San Diego County.

Her theft convictions listed in court records date back to early 2000, when she would have been 27 years old. There are eight separate convictions alleged, the last one in year 2011.

Those eight criminal cases do not include three new, felony cases that June Reiko Cooper has acquired this year, in 2012.

Prosecutor Jerry Gonzales now accuses June Reiko Cooper of stealing merchandise at different Walmart stores in San Diego County – twice while she was out on bail after being arrested for the same.

Different “loss prevention specialists” testified today that they observed June Reiko Cooper put bottles of alcoholic beverages and baby formula and women’s underwear into “her big, black purse” on three different occasions. Each time, on September 25, and October 24, and October 28, Cooper was seen leaving that particular Walmart store without paying for the items “concealed” in her huge handbag, the witnesses said.

Escondido police officer Lew Shaver said he went to 500 Grape Avenue on a “disturbance call” earlier this month, and he came upon June Reiko Cooper in front of the apartments there. The officer said he could “smell chemicals” from a large, black leather bag so a narcotics-sniffing canine was brought forward. After the dog “alerted” on her handbag, the officer looked inside and found a designer-eyeglass-case which contained hypodermic needles and heroin and marijuana, he said. The officer also found “female clothing and underwear and shoes” in the bag, he said.

June Reiko Cooper, 40, was taken into custody on November 7 and pleads not guilty to 8 new felonies and two misdemeanors. She is currently held in lieu of $250,000 bail. She is next due in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse on January 3, 2013.

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Purocuyu Nov. 27, 2012 @ 6:16 p.m.

Damn, Eva! There must be something I'm missing here. Is the Reader really doing an entire story about a shoplifter? A single shoplifter? Will there be a story about that homeless guy who parked his shopping cart in the same corner after being told to not park there? Or an article about a minivan driving lady who was pulled over three times for a broken taillight? How about a broadside about that large dog turd near the neighborhood Jack in the Box that no one has claimed? I could see this story being important enough to merit an internal memo from one Walmart to another, maybe even to corporate Walmart...but here?


Visduh Nov. 27, 2012 @ 8:26 p.m.

Amazing how a serial shoplifter can have her offenses escalate to felonies. As to exactly what she's up to is unclear--and may be unclear to her. And she picks on Wally! A cheap bus fare could get her into Bloomingdale's at Fashion Valley or Nordy's there or at UTC. The pickings would be far better there, but again she'd stand out among the crowd. Maybe she thought she had it all figured out and could make a living of a sort by ripping off the boys from Bentonville. As evidenced by her current predicament, it isn't working.


Fulano de Tal Nov. 27, 2012 @ 10:25 p.m.

What happened to California's Three Strikes Law?


tomjohnston Nov. 28, 2012 @ 7:26 a.m.

I believe a prior conviction counts as a strike if it was for a serious or violent felony as defined in the CPC


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 28, 2012 @ 3:20 p.m.

Just about every felony you can imagine can be filed as a strike, serious or not, violent or not.


Eva Knott Jan. 10, 2013 @ 9:58 a.m.

June Cooper made a plea deal on January 3, 2013. She admitted two different felony thefts from two different cases, in exchange all the other charges in a third case -- including the heroin possession -- were completely dismissed. In the plea deal paperwork, June Cooper admitted she "entered Walmart with the intent to commit theft" and "I unlawfully stole property of Walmart while previously convicted of 3 theft crimes." She expects to get 4 years custody in prison, according to court documents. Judge Aaron Katz took the deal. Cooper is expected to be formally sentenced on February 1, 2013, in San Diego's North County Superior Courthouse.


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