Kim Richards is a terrible shoplifter, tried to walk out of Target with a full cart

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Earlier this week the news came out that recently fired Real Housewives of Beverly Hills castmember, professional victim and general drunken mess, Kim Richards, had been arrested for shoplifting at Target. Kim spent the night in jail, her second in just a few months. This most recent arrest will likely count against her when she eventually faces charges for public drunkenness and assaulting a police officer in April.

Now more details of Kim’s arrest are coming out. She tried to leave Target with over $600 worth of toys and a full cart before she was stopped by a security guard. She wasn’t stealthy at all. Somehow this doesn’t surprise me, considering how incoherent and wasted she seems on a daily basis.

Kim Richards seems to really like Target. The troubled Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum was arrested on Sunday, Aug. 2, for allegedly shoplifting from the retailer in San Fernando Valley, Calif., and now, the Los Angeles City Attorney tells Us Weekly that she is accused of stealing more than 100 items. The plethora of items totaled about $612.

While the exact inventory of what Richards allegedly shoplifted has yet to be revealed, the reality star’s cart was filled mainly with toys, Entertainment Tonight reports.

The former child star was charged and arraigned on Monday, Aug. 3, on one count of petty theft. Richards, who spent
the night in jail, was released on Monday, Aug. 3, on $5,000 bail.

Following her arrest, Richards’ ex-husband Monty Brinson told Entertainment Tonight he was shocked to hear the news.

“I couldn’t imagine Kim stealing or shoplifting anything. She is a giver,” he said, adding he’s “guaranteed this must be some kind of mistake.”

Richards, for her part, pleaded not guilty and is due in court Aug. 20.

[From US Magazine]

I would say that maybe Kim was so out of it she didn’t realize that she hadn’t checked out, but we’ve heard that she’s broke, and that she recently abandoned her rental property (leaving it in disgusting condition) when she could no longer afford to pay rent. She probably wanted some toys for her child relatives and figured she could pull it off, since she’s so elegant and refined and never draws attention to herself.

I just feel sorry for Kim’s young adult children, but judging by how detached and over it they seemed on Dr. Phil, they’re used to this type of behavior from their mom. You know that Kim must have bawled her eyes out and claimed it was all a misunderstanding, as she typically does whenever she gets called out. Radar reports that Kim’s family is trying to put her on a 5150 hold. I doubt they’ll be successful. From what I understand it’s very difficult to do that. Kim could always go back to rehab, but she didn’t stick it out the last time.



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  1. GingerCrunch says:

    Too funny (and sad)! The tags at the top of the article: crime, drunk, Kim Richards!

    • zzzz says:

      at this point I honestly feel sorry for her. she needs help.

      • GingerCrunch says:

        Absolutely agree! If those are your tag lines, it’s gotten pretty desperate.

      • Lensblury says:

        I agree, too, and I don’t know much about her. All I know is I get very sad everytime I see her face. This person looks like she is disgusted by herself, and I don’t doubt she needs long-lasting professional support. She looks incredibly sad and resentful about being a mess… she seems like a caged animal that won’t ever be free. I also get the impression that she’s the kind of person who will keep seeing herself as a victim, a person who’ll keep failing and can’t forgive herself for that, and a person who sadly just doesn’t have faith in herself. As I said, it’s speculation on my part since I don’t know a lot about her, and as speculation it isn’t worth much. My comment is based on what I gathered reading CB articles, and on recognizing certain patterns and lines in faces – because attitudes do leave certain marks. I hope this won’t develop as badly as it could. Good luck, stranger.

  2. BeBeA says:

    Ok, did she confess? She seems just … off enough to be drunk and on meds to forget to pay. Lol I hope she gets help tho cause she also seems sweet.

    • JudyK says:

      Agree that she was probably just totally out of it…she doesn’t strike me as a shoplifter. I think she’s sweet, cute and dresses well, but I also think that no amount of “help” is going to work, because she simply doesn’t want it.

      Sad, and I have a feeling this is not going to end well.

      • Kori says:

        She always struck me as sweet but this lady season she revealed a HUGE nasty streak. She really went for the jugular on people and with a cold look on her face and in her eyes. It was actually pretty chilling and beyond the usual petty crap on these shows–very dark.

      • JudyK says:

        @Kori: Yes, that’s true, but I attribute it to the drugs/alcohol. There was some really nasty behavior all the way around this year–so much so that I have no interest in watching again in the future.

      • Lindy79 says:

        Was the last season the one with the Amsterdam trip?

      • Bridget says:

        Kim Richards definitely isn’t sweet. Or cute. None of the Richards women are.

    • Samtha says:

      I agree. I think she was probably high or drunk and didn’t realize what was happening…

    • Jen says:

      Oh, I’m pretty sure she knew what she was doing:

  3. Twinkle says:

    Her left eye is looking really wonky lately … there was a picture on Entertainment Tonight which really amplified it. I feel very sorry for Kim – she worked her butt off as a child and supported her family; now, in her later years, when she needs help and assistance they don’t seem to be there for her. I’ve watched my fair share of Housewives episodes to know how she and Kyle work, and I honestly do not think Kyle has Kim’s best interests at heart. Kathy probably doesn’t either for that matter. It’s very sad.

    • Tate says:

      I used to watch BHHW but stopped a couple of seasons ago. To me Kyle came across as fake and seemed to be using Kim’s addiction for a storyline. Kyle is looking out for Kyle.

      I feel sad for Kim too. I wish she had stuck it out at rehab. I fear this will not end well.

    • Christin says:

      Paris (her niece) also has assymetrical eyes. Same larger, ‘wonky’ eye as Kim, actually.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I don’t think Kyle is perfect – all of those children of “Big Kathy” or whatever she called herself have problems – but I think she was there for Kim for years, emotionally and financially, until it became intolerable. Kim never accepts responsibility for her own behavior. She a typical addict – always blaming everyone else for the fallout from her own behavior. Kyle’s husband supported Kim for years and Kyle tried really hard, I think. Kim was completely ungrateful and thought they should have given her more, then accused Kim of stealing her house, which was proven to be a total lie. I don’t understand why people think Kim is sweet. She’s awful, and at some point you have to cut somebody like that out of your life because they are poison.

      • caitrin says:

        I agree w you: NO idea why people think Kim is “sweet”, when there isn’t a nice bone in her body! She’s spiteful, grudging, wrathful, insanely jealous of others, and prone to lashing out furiously and meanly at the slightest provocation or expression of concern for her by someone else. She’s also arrogant and selfish as hell, behaving as if she should be treated somehow “better” than many others, b/c around 40 years ago she was a “child star”(one who I’d never even heard of.) Both Richards sisters are mean and petty, but I actually felt sorry for Kyle this past season after witnessing some of the emotional abuse that Kim subjects her to—and then Kim’s blaming HER OWN NIECE for getting bitten really seriously by Kim’s dog was the last straw. Kim is a desperate, horrible woman, AND a pathological liar, always blaming other people for her faults, and never taking responsibility for her own actions—she even tried to blame other people for her arrest in April, as if her alcoholism/drug addiction could somehow be someone else’s fault besides her own! I’m very glad that she’s finally been fired: all she did this past season was lie about being sober, and attack anyone who dared to voice any concern about the fact that she really—and really obviously–wasn’t anywhere near sober, or “recovering.”

    • Bridget says:

      Kim is an addict, and it’s not fair to judge whether or not it looks like her family is ‘there’ for her. Having an addict in the family places an immense stress on those around them, and while I think Kyle is awful this is one thing I won’t judge her on. Kim is an addict that won’t get help. The only person that’s responsible for that is Kim.

  4. mindydopple says:

    I’m sure this will get dropped, unless she confessed at some point, which she’s dumb enough to do… sigh.

  5. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    I refuse to believe that even she would be this stupid to believe she could pull it off. I’m expecting the worst from any of the real housewives but this is a new low in idiocy – no one in her position can be this dumb, right? What are the other options? She might have been too drunk/drugged to notice a counter? Or maybe due to the financial troubles she had to start doing her own shopping after years of having people do it for her, and she assumed she was sooo famous, a clerk would chase her to her car with a register strapped to his/her back, to count the items while she’d sip on a kale-vodka drink? Anything really.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She mixes prescription drugs with alcohol. I can believe she was so out of it that she didn’t know she hadn’t paid. This is terrible, but I really think she will end up dead from an accidental overdose.

      • Tate says:

        It is terrible but unfortunately things seem to be headed that way. I hope something happens to change that but it is not looking good.

  6. Jayna says:

    This makes no sense. All of her kids are grown and no grandchildren. She doesn’t speak to Kyle, but all of her kids are grown except one, and Kyle has no grandchildren. Kathy’s children are grown, no grandchildren.

    Why in the world was she shoplifting so many children’s items? She must have been out of her mind.

    She needs so much help.

  7. Unmade_bed says:

    “Terrible shoplifter” is a little much. I feel sorry for her.

    • Sullivan says:

      I think “terrible shoplifter” means she really sucks at shoplifting. If walking out of a store with a cart full of merch is her idea of shoplifting, then yes, she’s terrible at it.

  8. Nancypants says:

    She definitely needs help with that eyebrow situation, however, she won’t be held on a 5150.
    She isn’t insane; she’s a drunk and not just an alcoholic or pill-popper but a sloppy, pill-popping drunk who lets her pets sh*t all over the house and destroys the property of others and is now a thief.
    Eventually, she’s going to kill someone(s) and then all the sweetness in the world won’t save her.
    The Hiltons might because money talks especially in that part of the country but she is THIS CLOSE to mowing down an entire troop of cub scouts .

    • bellenola says:

      Seems pretty unfortunate that ‘organic cookoo’ and ‘substance cookoo’ are considered different. She is a risk to herself and others either way. Her family must be so worried.

  9. Jenns says:

    That picture of her on Dr. Phil never gets old.

  10. Carmen says:

    She probably figures she’s entitled to take whatever she wants.

    • Danskins says:

      +1….I have a hard time feeling sympathy for wealthy, privileged people who seem to shoplift just because they can.

  11. Talie says:

    I don’t think Kim is mentally ill, so yeah, the 5150 may be hard to do. She’s just an addict. Crazy that she went from living in the Davis mansion in Texas to living out of her car.

  12. Kori says:

    The thing is, she only has one child relative–her estranged sister Kyle’s daughter Portia. All her kids, nieces and nephews are grown. (I watch RHOBH) I guess there could be children of friends but 100 items? It just adds to the bizarreness.

  13. Size Does Matter says:

    The standard for an involuntary hold is whether the person is a risk to herself or others – meaning of physical danger. If she was drunk or high they just hold her till she sleeps it off, then she’s no longer a danger unless she says she’s going to kill herself or someone else. Or if they catch her doing something really dangerous, like when Amanda Bynes set that fire with gasoline in the stranger’s driveway. It’s a very hard standard to meet.

  14. Crumpet says:

    Dear God, I feel sorry for this woman. She needs help. I cannot find the humor in this story.

  15. jwoolman says:

    It does sound as though she was too out of it to know what she was doing. But that means she certainly should not have been driving.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    I really feel sorry for Kim – she’s a total mess and a true addict. Kim was a sweet child actress who was destroyed by her mother’s greed. A book came out a few years ago that said her mother pimped out all her daughters to movie producers. Her sisters should step up and take care of her. If they don’t Kim will OD or take her own life.

  17. A says:

    Shoplifting may be a “thing” for Kim. I think this blind item is about her:
    (This site seems fairly credible and it often “reveals” once the story breaks in mainstream media.)

    I watch RHOBH and Kim strikes me as an ungrateful, mean and unpleasant person who thinks she’s always right and a perpetual victim. I know people like that and the lack of accountability is maddening.

  18. lila fowler says:

    “She is a giver”? Hmmmm no, more like, she’s a TAKER.

  19. My Two Cents says:

    Even though Kim is broke she seems to be surrounded with people who have money. Looks like to me they could collectively pay to send her somewhere they could truly give her the professional help she needs. This woman is a danger to herself and others and that’s all it takes to have her committed. Is there nobody in that mess of relatives that truly cares enough to make sure she gets some help? She is going to end up dead with out long term intervention.

    • caitrin says:

      The family HAS tried to help her, for easily 30 years now. Problem is, Kim doesn’t want anyone’s help; she refuses to stay in rehabs, and refuses to acknowledge that she has a very serious problem. She lies to EVERYONE that she is “enjoying her sobriety” now; everyone knows she’s lying, but it is impossible to help someone who steadfastly, furiously denies they need help. At this point, Kim’s family is exhausted by enabling her, and since Kim won’t allow them to help her, I think they have washed their hands of her instead.What else could they do? Unless you’ve had a close family member or close friend who is a hard core addict–as I have–you really can’t judge the reactions of Kim’s family, how they deal with her. I’m sure by now they have tried absolutely everything they can, and there’s just no way left to help someone who refuses all help.

  20. NGBoston says:

    Pathetic. No matter how many how many times this woman has entered rehab… she just cannot seem to get her lying, pathetic ass walking down the right path.

    Not to sound heartless at all, but Cry Me A River over all of her past hard life sob stories, too. Get some damn help and STAY there until you receive the professional and medical help you need to once again be a functioning and healthy member of society.

    No excuses… many with much less have overcome worse odds. This is not even sad.
    She is annoying and her family is ignorant. They have the ability to help her— what’s the problem, people???

  21. My Two Cents says:

    I always thought she had serious mental issue besides alcoholism and addiction. There’s a saying in the program…some of us have to die so that some of us may live. I’ve always said as long as someone is breathing air there is hope for recovery. But, I think she is probably at the point she doesn’t want to live. Recovery can seem overwhelming and impossible if you get too deep in your spiral. My belief is you never give up on someone. However, there’s a huge difference between enabling someone and just letting them know you love them while you won’t support their behavior.