by: Kevin McCarty Updated:LEWIS COUNTY, Wash. —
Three days before she was crowned Miss Congeniality at the Miss Lewis County pageant, Chloe Curry was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, police said.
According to a Chehalis police report, Curry, 18, whose legal name is Chloe Reavis, was with a friend at the Wal-Mart on March 5 when they were spotted putting makeup into their purses by store security.
The report states the two went to the checkout and paid for a small amount of food but not the makeup. They were detained by store employees and police were called. Both were arrested and cited for shoplifting, the report said.
According to the report, Curry apologized for stealing, saying she did it because makeup was so expensive.
“It’s a shoplifting third (degree) and the value is well underneath, so it’s not a serious crime,” said Chehalis police spokeswoman Linda Bailey.
On March 8, Curry competed in the Miss Lewis County pageant winning the title Miss Congeniality along with a $600 scholarship.
Pageant officials said she will not have to return the money because the rules state prizes cannot be taken away once contestants have appeared on stage and been awarded the scholarship.