COLLIER COUNTY, FLA.- Naples Police and the Collier County Sheriff's Office have had their eyes on this woman, 62 year old Magda Martin, for months. She has been arrested four times for retail theft since 2005.
"Prisons don't have room for people like that, but at the same time you can't keep going around stealing shrimp."
Her most recent theft, police said, involved 12 pounds of shrimp and 40 dollars worth of produce. They said Martin walked into this Publix through the exit, then ordered shrimp at the seafood counter. Detectives said her purse was in the upper part of the cart and used extra bags to conceal the shrimp.
We went to Martin's home. A man answered the door. He told me she lived there.
"She's not a criminal."
But that's not what law enforcement said. And because she is a previously convicted criminal, the three petit theft arrests become a felony, punishable up to 5 years in prison. That would be 85,000 tax payer dollars.
"Do you know how much it costs to keep someone in a day?"
"I know. It costs em a fortune, but still she couldn't keep, someones gotta, how do you stop her?"