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COLUMBUS – It didn’t take long – just under 29 hours – for a 46-year-old Columbus woman to find her way back to the county lockup Wednesday after getting in her latest scrape with local law enforcement authorities.

Kimberly Knight was released from the Platte County Detention Facility at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and booked back into jail at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday after being arrested for two counts of felony shoplifting and one count of resisting arrest in connection with thefts at Sapp Bros. Truck Stop and Menards.

On Thursday, Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa set Knight’s bond at $250,000, 10 percent allowed for release, during a brief hearing. The judge scheduled the defendant for a felony first appearance hearing on April 11.

The city woman has not yet been formally charged by the county attorney’s office.

Knight, who has three open felony cases pending in district court, has had a problem steering clear of trouble with the law during the last year.

In Wednesday’s brush with authorities, a Columbus Police investigation was triggered by a report from a Sapp Bros. that Knight and a male friend, 70-year-old Alan Janssen, left the truck stop with some stolen merchandise in the city woman’s purse while driving Janssen’s 1999 Buick Century.

According to court documents, officers then located the car in the Menards parking lot, with an officer going inside and locating the suspects near the store’s cashier area. Both were arrested for shoplifting at Sapp Bros., with Knight wearing a pair of black slippers (with the price tag inside) that were stolen from the truck stop.

Police said Knight resisted arrest while pulling away and attempting to run from officers as she being handcuffed and later forcibly trying to avoid being placed in the back of a patrol car.

Knight, who has been arrested about 20 times for shoplifting in multiple counties since 2001, is awaiting a jury trial in district court on a charge of driving under a 15-year revocation in connection with a fourth-offense driving under the influence conviction.

Knight had been in custody since her January arrest while serving a 90-day sentence she received for violating the terms of her post-release supervision in connection with a previous December 2016 conviction on a charge of shoplifting-third or subsequent offense.

On the shoplifting conviction, which involved the theft of two cans of beer from a local pharmacy, Knight was sentenced to 364 days in jail. The city woman began serving that sentence Dec. 3, 2016, and was released on Aug. 26 of last year.

While Knight was on her supervised release last fall, she was arrested for two more shoplifting offenses. She is accused of stealing a bottle of Windsor Canadian Whiskey from Cubby’s Convenience Store on Howard Boulevard and clothing from Fabulous Forever on 13th Street on Nov. 15.

Those two cases are currently also pending in district court.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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