Woman Tells Police She Shoplifts to Help Get Past Her Heroin Addiction

Hales Corners woman faces felony charges after she tries to steal $1,000 in clothes from Macy's.

A 23-year-old Hales Corners woman is facing felony charges after she was caught allegedly stealing clothes from a store at in an effort to help her get over her heroin addiction.

Allison M. Spormann was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday with one count of felony retail theft. If convicted, she faces up to 3 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On July 26, a security officer watching surveillance camera footage inside was contacted by the store’s sales manager that Spormann was inside the store. She recognized her from a past retail theft at Victoria’s Secret. The security worker watched Spormann take numerous pairs of jeans off of hangers, then take 10 to 15 pairs of jeans off a display table and take them back to a fitting room only to emerge later with no clothes, but two full shopping bags.

Spormann walked towards the south doors and initially hesitated to leave, but then walked out the doors, setting off the theft alarms. She was stopped by the security officer in the parking lot and taken back to the store.

The stolen items were valued at $1,067 and Spormann admitted to taking them when asked by police. She said she is a recovering heroin addict who is three years clean, but steals from stores to deal with the problem because it gives her an adrenaline rush.

She’s currently out of custody, but a warrant has been issued for Spormann’s arrest.


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