FARMINGTON — Two people were arrested Friday night after they took a tent off the shelves at Walmart, returned it to the customer service desk without paying and then used the credit to buy clothes, cigarettes and other items from the store.

Tina Cwikla, 25, of Anson, and Jeffrey Gilbert, 23, of Farmington, admitted to committing the scam after police found them later that night wearing some of the stolen clothes, according to Rachel Heseltine, a Farmington police spokeswoman.

Video surveillance at the store showed the pair returning the tent, without paying for it, about 10:30 p.m., Heseltine said.

Then, using the credit from the returned item, they bought about $130 worth of clothes, cigarettes, watches and other items, she said, citing police reports of the theft.

Cwikla and Gilbert were each charged with theft and released Saturday on $3,000 unsecured bail bonds. They are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 18.

In other police news, a 46-year-old man was arrested Saturday night for slamming a door on the foot and leg of a police officer, according to Heseltine.

The man, Verne Pressey, of Farmington, was charged with assault on an officer and released Sunday on a $3,000 unsecured bail bond. His court date scheduled for Aug. 18.

Farmington Police Sgt. Michael Adcock responded to a resident complaint about 11:15 p.m. that Pressey was peeling out repeatedly while driving his 1981 Pontiac Firebird on Fairbanks Road, Heseltine said.

Adcock found Pressey at his Pillsbury Lane residence and started asking him questions about the complaint, she said.

During the questioning, Pressey slammed the front door on Adcock’s foot and leg, Heseltine said.

Farmington Police Officer Kim Bates assisted Adcock in the arrest of Pressey, who was also issued a summons for unnecessary noise for peeling out in his car, she said.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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