A Turlock woman’s plan to steal clothes from a downtown Turlock store seemingly went awry when she punched an employee, which landed her in jail on a robbery charge.
The incident began shortly after 3:30 p.m. March 15, when Mandy Hodges, 33, entered the Envy clothing store on E. Main Street.
Almost immediately after entering the store, Hodges allegedly scooped up an armful of clothing off a rack and started to run out of the store, said Turlock Police Lt. James Silveira.
Some of the store employees followed Hodges out of the store, yelling at her to stop and bring the clothes back. Hodges’ response was to threaten to assault them if they came closer to her, Silveira said.
The employees continued to follow Hodges. At one point she spun and grabbed a female employee and began punching her repeatedly, striking her at least twice, according to the police report.
By this time the police had been called and the officers were able to locate Hodges in quick fashion in the 300 block of Mitchell Avenue.
Hodges was in possession of the stolen clothing when found by the police officers.
Hodges was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail on a charge of robbery and for a parole violation.