California woman arrested after drunken, naked shoplifting spree in Arizona, police say

WICKENBURG, Ariz. — A California woman is facing multiple charges after police said she became belligerently intoxicated and caused scenes – stripping naked at one point – in multiple Arizona businesses on Wednesday.

According to police, Melissa Dawn Hahn, 53, ran up a $154 tab at Mecca Bar and Grill in Wickenburg and became angry – swearing at staff and customers and spitting on a man – when her credit card was declined, KTVK reported.

Hahn reportedly left the restaurant without paying and entered nearby retailer Cactus Flower, where she began trying on items in the middle of the store, KSAZ-TV reported.

When Hahn’s credit card was again declined – this time for purchases totaling more than $4,000 – store owner Karen Jones-Burk said the woman assaulted her with profanity, tossed wine about the store, tore items off the wall and tried to leave the store wearing nearly $800 in merchandise, the TV station reported.

“That’s when she proceeded to take everything out, and I mean everything,” Jones-Burk told KSAZ-TV.

Jones-Burk also told the TV station that Hahn offered at one point to buy out the entire store and told her that she receives a daily allowance of $10,000. Hahn’s banker later confirmed the allowance claim, but Hahn had reportedly exceeded her daily limit by the time she attempted her shopping spree.

According to KTVK, police later found Hahn at a different nearby bar, wearing a Mecca Bar T-shirt and a stolen bracelet. Court documents indicate Hahn is accused of theft, disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

“We don’t see that in Wickenburg. Wickenburg is a quiet cowboy town, and she was more of a wild woman,” Jones-Burk, who plans to press charges for the missing merchandise and disruption, told KSAZ-TV.


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