North Platte Police were in the right place at the right time, depending on who you ask, and busted two shoplifters at a local store.
At around 3:00 p.m., on August 16, an officer with the North Platte Police Department responded to the report of a shoplifter at Wal-Mart, 1401 South Dewey Street.
The officer spoke with store staff who alleged that 21-year-old Payton Zambito had concealed around $35.00 in store merchandise on his person, then attempted to leave without paying for it.
Following further investigation, Zambito was taken into custody and charged with shoplifting, a felony due to prior convictions.
While still at the store, the officer learned that store staff was watching another active shoplifter.
Staff reported that they observed 26-year-old Candice Valentine conceal about $40.00 worth of cosmetics in her purse, then attempt to leave without paying for them.
The officer also took Valentine into custody and placed her under arrest for shoplifting. Valentine also has prior shoplifting convictions, which enhanced the charge to a felony.
Zambito and Valentine were both transported to the Lincoln County Detention Center and jailed.