House candidate admits taking items from grocery store
The same day she officially became a candidate for House District 58, Tammy Theis was issued a citation on suspicion of shoplifting last week.
The Democrat admitted to the Sept. 6 incident, saying she mistakenly placed a handful of items in an empty box she had under her cart and forgot all about them when she went through the checkout line.
The Montrose resident said she was distracted at the time, trying to get boxes to help her father move into an assisted living center while doing her normal grocery shopping at the same time.
“It was at a grocery store that I’ve shopped at since I’ve lived in Montrose, and that’s since 1977,” Theis said. “It was an honest mistake. When I went out of the store, security followed me and they were right to do so. It’s my fault.”
The incident occurred at City Market, 128 S. Townsend Ave., said Montrose Police Department Cmdr. Gene Lillard, who said Theis has fully cooperated with police over the matter.
Theis said the items were in the same box with two cases of bottled water, which she did pay for.
“I just forgot there were items beneath the water,” she said.
The 54-year-old was issued a summons on suspicion of theft of less than $500, a class 2 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
The charge isn’t Theis’ first run-in with the law.
A day after Thanksgiving last November, she was issued summonses on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, having an open container in her vehicle and weaving in traffic, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation search of her criminal history.
Theis said she recently underwent surgery and was on painkillers at the time.
But she also mixed those painkillers with beer.
“It’s just another example that I am human,” she said. “It was the interaction of the painkiller and alcohol. It was unfortunate and poor judgment.”
The incident was eventually pleaded down to a single charge of driving while ability impaired, she said.