The Braxton Democrat

Burnsville Woman Arrested on Shoplifting and Drug Charges in Weston

Faces 5 Active PA Warrants

Lewis County law enforcement officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at the Weston Walmart last Saturday, March 6. Their investigation led to the arrest of a Burnsville woman who now faces shoplifting and drug charges. In addition, the officers’ investigation revealed that Teresa Mathis, 61, of Burnsville, is also wanted in the state of Pennsylvania. She has five active warrants on a multitude of charges.
When officers responded to the Walmart in Weston they spoke to a Walmart employee who said the Braxton County woman shoplifted 17 items with a total value $200.22.
According to the criminal complaint, officers said they tried to identify the woman with the name and date of birth she provided but were unsuccessful. She allegedly told officers that she had no ID on her and nothing in her pockets with her name on it. The woman later identified herself as Mathis.
When officers searched Mathis, because she kept digging in her pockets, and they found her driver’s license with her photo and a different name and date of birth than what she initially gave officers.
While searching Mathis, court documents say officers found a bag believed to contain marijuana in one of her pockets and a bag believed to be methamphetamine in her purse.
The investigation following Mathis’ arrest revealed that she has five outstanding active warrants for her arrest in Pennsylvania. She has been charged with obstructing an officer, shoplifting, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and fugitive from justice in the neighboring state.
Mathis is being held at Central Regional Jail without bond due to being a fugitive from justice.