An Arkansas woman with an obvious affinity for eye shadow was arrested on suspicion of stealing $144 worth of eye shadow on Monday. Brandy Allen, 31, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and faces charges of shoplifting and disorderly conduct. Police were called to the Ulta Beauty Store in Fayetteville to deal with a shoplifter, according to a preliminary report.
The caller said she saw Allen grabbing handfuls of make-up without looking at the colour or labels. She didn’t appear to be checking prices, either.
Allen entered the store with an unidentified woman who tried to distract store employees by asking questions and leading them away from Allen.
An officer arrived at the store and approached Allen.
The original caller introduced herself to Allen as the general manager of the store and asked to see the contents of her purse.
Allen fumbled through her purse for several minutes before taking out several different packages of eye shadow, and as she pulled out the items, she’d run her fingers through the tops of each one, trying to make the eye shadow look used.
She started to curse loudly saying, “No one [expletive] saw me steal anything.”
She also described the situation with two more expletives.
The officer noted that Allen’s cursing was drawing the attention of several customers and young children.
Allen continued to dig through her purse, and the store manager pointed out some red eyeliner that an employee had helped Allen get at the counter. She insisted that the eyeliner was hers, and she twisted it and broke it in half in front of the officer and store manager to make it appear used.
The officer took Allen into custody.
Allen’s bond was set at $830.