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Woman caught in alleged theft at Walmart in Apple Valley

A woman threatened employees with a screwdriver while trying to steal items from an Apple Valley Walmart store this week, officials said.

The unfortunate robbery happened shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday at the Walmart store located at 20251 Highway 18, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Employees first called the Sheriff’s Department to report that a woman brandishing a screwdriver had threatened them and forced her way into the store, which had not yet opened, officials said.

Walmart, 20251 Highway 18 in Apple Valley, as shown in a Google Street View image.

“When officers arrived on scene, (the suspect) attempted to flee the store with unpaid merchandise,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. “(She) was quickly apprehended and taken into custody without incident.”

Jamie Lynn Salvador, 37, of Apple Valley, was arrested on suspicion of theft, burglary, brandishing a weapon and making criminal threats, according to county records. She was also charged with violating probation conditions stemming from a previous felony conviction.