Woman Jailed in Florida Over 22-Year-Old Warrant

She's spent four days in jail over having shoplifted cigarettes from a Wal-Mart back in 1991.

By Josh Chapin
|  Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:26 AM CDT
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Robin Hall stepped off of a Disney cruise ship in Brevard county Florida to be greeted by police with a warrant for her arrest for shoplifting a pack of cigarettes 20 years ago.

Robin Hall stepped off of a Disney cruise ship in Brevard county Florida to be greeted by police with a warrant for her arrest for shoplifting a pack of cigarettes 20 years ago.

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A Connecticut native’s vacation cruise came to an abrupt and unexpected end when she was put in jail over $85 in unpaid court fines from shoplifting charges more than two decades ago.

In 1991, Robin Hall shoplifted cigarettes from a Wal-Mart. She was 18 at the time. In the 22 years since, Hall has put herself through college and now helps design jet engines for Pratt & Whitney.

When Hall, her husband and two children returned from a Disney Dream cruise on Thursday, police from Brevard County in Florida were waiting for her as she got off the boat in Port Canaveral.

Police said Hall failed to pay the $85 in court costs when she was 18, and when they checked the ship’s passenger list for terrorists, they found a warrant for her.

“I take full responsibility for what I did, but I do not believe I deserve this,” Hall said.

Hall, who has spent the last four days in a Florida jail, insists it’s not her fault.

“I just want it to be all over so I can go home,” Hall said from jail in Brevard County. “I was pulled to the side and told that I had a warrant.”

The Brevard County Jail won’t let her post bail because the charge is from a different county and she has to be transferred there. Yet with the long holiday weekend, that might not be until Thursday.

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