• 83-year-old woman used prying tool to steal $97 bottles of wine, deputies say

    By: Kevin Williams


    DR. PHILLIPS, Fla. - Orange County sheriff’s deputies said they have charged an 83-year-old woman with shoplifting for allegedly trying to steal bottles of wine worth almost $100 each.

    The woman allegedly brought some sort of tool to help remove the security devices from the bottles, deputies said.

    Deputies said a loss prevention officer at the Whole Foods in Dr. Phillips called authorities after seeing a woman in the wine aisle on Nov. 13 pick up two bottles of Chimney Rock Elevage, which is valued at $97.99 each, and place them on top of her cart.


    After placing the wine on top of her cart, deputies said she was then seen removing the security devices, putting them in a plastic produce bag that she then stuffed into a vest pocket.

    According to deputies, the woman moved the wine into her bag, bought a pack of chocolate crackers at the checkout, then left the store without paying for the wine.

    The woman, identified as 83-year-old Bae Kyoon Kim of Orlando, was arrested on Nov. 19 without incident, deputies said.

    The store said it does wish to prosecute, according to deputies.

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