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Blairsville woman tried to climb out window to elude troopers

| Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, 5:29 p.m.

A Blairsville woman whom police were attempting to arrest Monday on a warrant for a fraudulent merchandise return scheme attempted to flee out of a second-floor apartment window, according to state police in Indiana.

State police said Amy Beth Mahkovic, 46, of Blairsville, was apprehended by troopers as she climbed out a window at her residence. Police were trying to arrest her on charges of theft by deception, retail theft, conspiracy and defiant trespass.

Police allege Mahkovic and Bette Marie Zimmers, 28, also of Blairsville, made fraudulent returns of merchandise at the Wal-Mart in White Township that resulted in a loss to the store of nearly $600 on July 14.

Police still have a warrant for Zimmers.

Mahkovic has a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday before Blairsville District Judge Jennifer Rega on retail theft and defiant trespass charges stemming from a June 23 shoplifting incident at the Wal-Mart in Burrell Township, near Blairsville.

Mahkovic was arraigned before Clymer District Judge George Thachik and jailed after failing to post $20,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing Aug. 27.

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