Wyo. College Student Caught Shoplifting Tells Investigators She Was Doing Research for Paper on Kleptomania: Report

Gillette, Wyo., Police Department
Gillette, Wyo., Police Department

Sometimes these (alleged) criminals say the darndest things. And one college student in Wyoming took the cake this past week after having the gall to tell police that she was doing research for a term paper on kleptomania after being caught in her sticky-fingered ways.


According to the New York Daily News, Lydia Marie Cormaney was arrested earlier this month after she tried to stroll out of a Walmart with a cart containing almost $2,000 worth of stolen items. When investigators searched her dorm room, they found more shoplifted items worth thousands of dollars, officials say.

Remember, this was all in the name of a term paper, according to Cormaney. And she was obviously working hard to get an A ... except, the 23-year-old is enrolled only in a biology class at Wyoming’s Gillette College. Admittedly, I am no scientist. My knowledge of biology is rudimentary at best, but last time I checked, you don’t really cover kleptomania in a bio class.


Of course, there’s also the fact that the summer semester had already started on the day Cormaney was arrested.

Anyway, according to authorities, Cormaney later confessed to officers that she began to shoplift after she was forced into a new dorm room and her last roommate kept most of her household items.

According to the Daily News, Cormaney was released from jail Thursday but still faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for felony shoplifting.

Read more at the New York Daily News.

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“faces” aka we’re going to pretend that this woman will get in trouble but she’ll get to walk free because white folks.