Miss Congeniality cited in Chehalis shoplifting


by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News and Associated Press

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:59 PM

CENTRALIA, Wash. -- Days before she was named Miss Congeniality at the Miss Lewis County Scholarship Pageant, Chloe Curry was accused of attempting to shoplift cosmetics from the Chehalis Walmart.
Police said the 18-year-old from Adna and another 18-year-old attempted to leave the store March 6 with lip balm, nail polish, fake eyelashes, fake nails and other beauty products worth more than $100 in their purses. Both were cited.
"It was a stupid mistake," said Curry, "We thought we could get away with it and we didn't."

Curry said she is sorry.

"This is something I'm going to learn from," said Curry, who hopes others can learn from her mistake of not thinking before acting.

"I wish I would have thought before I did what I did," said Curry.

Curry never went to jail, but next week she will face a judge on a charge of theft in the third degree, a gross misdemeanor. If convicted, Curry could have the charge on her permanent record. 
The executive director of the Miss Lewis County pageant, Cindy Godsey, said she was "shocked" when she heard about the incident.  Pageant judges were unaware of the incident before Saturday's competition because she uses a name different than her legal name.
Curry won a $600 Miss Congeniality scholarship, which cannot be taken away under pageant rules. She had a platform of building a positive self-image. Her talent was rhythmic dance.
Godsey is waiting to hear from the state's Miss Washington board to decide if Curry could lose her title.