Kinney gets 32 days in jail for theft charge

MARIETTA – A West Virginia woman was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court for loading up more than $1,000 of merchandise and attempting to leave the Marietta Wal-Mart.

Dreama Kinney, 39, of 313 Navaho Way Spring Valley, Elizabeth, declined to speak on her own behalf before she was sentenced to 32 days in the Washington County Jail.

“No, sir,” she said tearfully when Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Randall Burnworth asked her if she had anything to say.

Kinney was indicted in December on a fifth-degree felony count of theft. She pleaded guilty as charged on Feb. 6.

Kinney and her niece were accused of entering Wal-Mart on Oct. 23 and putting a large trash can in their cart. Then they went around the store stockpiling a variety of household items in the can and finally they wheeled the trash can full of hidden goods outside without paying for anything, said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Jared Erb.

“They walked past all the registers and points of sale and were stopped outside when they failed to pay for any of the items,” he said.

When the items were taken back inside and rung up, they amounted to $1,338, said Erb.

After handing down the sentence, Burnworth admonished Kinney for the scheme.

“It seems that loading up a trash can in Wal-Mart and filling it up with items you may or may not have needed is a pretty poor way to wind up in the county jail,” he said.

The incident was not the first time Kinney had tried such a scam.

Kinney has a previous shoplifting charge in West Virginia, said Erb. She also has a prior theft conviction from 1996.

Kinney’s niece, Karissa Kinney, 26, of 1900 Cameron Ave., Parkersburg, had no prior convictions and was allowed to plead guilty in December to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of attempt to commit an offense, said Erb.

Karissa served 10 days in jail for the offense.

Dreama will serve 30 days in jail as she already has credit for two days served, said Burnworth. In addition, she was sentenced to a year of a community control sanctions and is required to undergo evaluation for the court’s “Thinking For A Change” program, a cognitive behavioral change program.