Cop offered $5K bribe by thief taking batteries

Posted at 1:22 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 19:52:03-04

Those are some expensive batteries.

Court records show a woman was carrying over $5,000 in cash and offered it to an officer after being caught shoplifting batteries at a Mesa Wal-Mart.

Mesa police say that on May 6 a Mesa woman, 64-year-old Shirley Ann Kennedy, was seen by a loss prevention associate at the Wal-Mart near Price Road and University Drive putting three packages of batteries in her purse and leaving the store. 

Police report that they confronted Kennedy outside the store where she said she was, "trying to test your security."  In searching Kennedy, police found $5,240 in cash. Kennedy allegedly offered the money to the officer saying, " Please don't take me to jail, you can have the money."

Police say she repeated her offer several times to the officer.

Kennedy has been charged with bribery, shoplifting and obstruction.