An Alton woman was charged Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court with a felony charge of burglary, Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz said in a press release.
Police identified the woman as Cheryl A. Ballinger, 56, of the 2700 block of Bostwick.
On Monday, Feb. 24, at approximately 11:05 a.m., deputies responded to Walmart, 6660 Godfrey Road, Godfrey, in reference to a retail theft. A Walmart loss prevention officer told the responding deputy Ballinger was detained for retail theft after an employee witnessed her attempting to steal multiple cans of baby formula. The loss prevention officer told the deputy that Ballinger also stole multiple cans of baby formula from the business on Feb. 13 and 19. The suspect was able to avoid apprehension on the two prior incidents, but the loss prevention staff was aware of the offenses and was watching for her to return.
Deputies took custody of Ballinger and found her to be in possession of about $259 of unpaid merchandise from the business. In the two previous thefts Ballinger stole about $382 in baby formula. Ballinger was transported to the Madison County Jail, where she was held pending a formal review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The warrant and criminal information was issued by the Honorable Judge Neil Schroeder, who set Ballinger’s bond at $60,000. Ballinger qualified for the enhanced felony burglary charge because she entered the business with the sole intent of committing a theft.