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Alleged ‘silver-haired bandit’ in court

A 71-year-old convicted forger was given 60 days to pay over $700 restitution in Lamar superior court Wednesday. The alternative is a trip to jail just before Christmas. The woman allegedly violated her probation by stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from the Griffin Walmart. Lulla M. Evans was convicted here in 2011 for forging a check for approximately $770. Her probated forgery sentence included paying that amount back in restitution. She has paid less than $70 to her victim. She was arrested again on May 20, 2013 for shoplifting at Walmart. A Walmart security officer told Judge Bill Fears that Evans and her daughter, Melanie Evans, made two trips to the store during which they stole about $6,000 in merchandise. Some of it was recovered. After her mother’s arrest, Melanie Evans made another trip to the store and stole another $3000 worth of electronics and other merchandise. When questioned by Judge Fears, the elder Evans said her daughter “trained” her to shoplift. When asked where her daughter resides, Mrs. Evans replied, “Right now, she resides in the jailhouse.” Lulla Evans, who lives in Thomaston with her granddaughter, was given 60 days to pay the balance of the forgery restitution or go to jail. The Spalding County shoplifting case, which involved the use of a shopping cart motorized for use by the elderly and handicapped, is still pending.

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