Nelson city councilwoman arrested, charged with shoplifting

A city councilwoman in the north Georgia town of Nelson was arrested last week for allegedly shoplifting several items, including two Lego toy sets, from a Canton Wal-Mart.

According to a Canton police incident report, Edith Portillo, 72, was arrested July 23 and charged with misdemeanor theft by shoplifting in connection with the June 28 incident.

The report alleges that a woman matching Portillo’s description entered the store on Riverstone Parkway and collected the Lego sets, valued at $29.97 and $35.96, along with 11 lesser-priced items, including a $2.86 dish mat, then left without paying.

Investigators later used surveillance video to determine that Portillo was the alleged shoplifter, according to Canton police spokesman Pacer Cordry.

The total value of the stolen items was $192.92.

Portillo, who was elected to the Nelson City Council in 2012, was booked into the Cherokee County jail Tuesday, and released later that day on $800 bond.

Nelson, which has a population of just over 1,300, straddles the Cherokee-Pickens county line.