An Atlanta woman already waiting to go to court in DeKalb County for shoplifting is now facing charges for allegedly stealing household goods from the Walmart in Douglasville.

Joyce Antoniette Robinson, 51, was charged with felony theft by shoplifting and driving on a suspended license. According to the warrant Magistrate Judge Barbara Caldwell read in court, Robinson is accused of stealing the items Monday at the Walmart on Thornton Road. She reportedly has three previous shoplifting convictions.

Police Sgt. Leland Hester told the judge that Robinson, who was found in possession of a receipt from a previous transaction, was trying to pick up the same items again when she was caught.

“I’m sorry I did what I did,” Robinson said. “I stopped doing this for a long time and I just started because I needed money for my rent and light bill. I was going to try to hustle up some money I know it was wrong, but I tried it anyway.”

Caldwell reviewed Robinson’s criminal history that shows she had shoplifting convictions dating back to the 1990s.

“I didn’t shoplift for over 10 years until the beginning of the year and I don’t know why I fell back,” Robinson said.

Caldwell denied bond, saying the defendant is likely to commit a felony.

“You’re already out on a bond and it didn’t do you any good, so you have to stay here,” she said.

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