This little tidbit comes a local Walmart near me, a little shoplifting ring has been exposed featuring several Walmart Employees who failed to ring up items on purpose. But why have me tell you about it when WGRZ can do it much better. Enjoy:
CLARENCE, N.Y. – State Police say they have arrested three Wal-Mart employees and another person based on an investigation into a shoplifting ring at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Transit Road.
Troopers say they were contacted by officials from the store and received evidence from Wal-Mart officials of several employees who were involved in an ongoing scheme of “under-scanning,” or “under-ringing” merchandise.
Police said over the past month, the employees allowed other accomplices to go through check-out lines and leave the store without paying for a number of items in their shopping bags.
State Police say they arrested 26-year-old Evelyn Smith, of Buffalo, for Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, an E Felony, for under-scanning merchandise on at least seven occasions while she was working as a Wal-Mart employee.
Police added that Smith was observed posing as a customer and left the store with under-scanned merchandise by going through the cashier line of one of the other members of the group.
Investigators say they also arrested 21-year-old Tacara Lawrence, or Buffalo, for Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, an E Felony, for under-scanning merchandise on at least four occasions, while she was working as a Wal-Mart employee.
Troopers say they arrested both 22-year-old Dewayne Harrell, a Wal-Mart employee from Buffalo, and 19-year-old Latasha Morrow, of Buffalo, for Petit Larceny.
State Police say that on some occasions, a cashier would activate a gift card and keep it, swapping it with another card that was not activated, allowing unsuspecting customers to leave the store with a gift card that was not activated.
Police say other arrests are pending and that Walmart estimates that this group of suspects is responsible for the loss and/or theft of more than $7,000.00 dollars in merchandise.
My Favorite Comments from the article plus my answers:
Marianne Kane Carroll
So some people got Walmart gift cards that are unactivated for Christmas! The gift that never gives!! Geez!
- Hey! That’s what I want for Christmas!
Karen Ford Carnevale
You get what you pay for. If Walmart offered a fair wage and working environment, maybe they would not have to take what they can get.
- Really. So by that logic I should be robbing the place blind or a bum on the street should be picking everyone’s pockets. That’s not exactly what happens y’know. It’s your choice to take from the till or not. Don’t blame it on others.
Anita Costello · Top Commenter · Grover Cleveland High School
It happens at other stores not just Walmart. It happens everywhere.If you are a thief you will steal from anybody.Since there are very few consequences,or even no consequences, it will continue.
- Your completely right. It does happen elsewhere. It’s just more in the public eye at Walmart.