Shoplifter Changes Labels on Merchandise and Self Checks Out $1,824 in Merchandise for $3.70!
It’s never right to take something that doesn’t belong to you, but some shoplifting crimes are worse than others and some people are addicted to the thrill of stealing, even if they don’t really even need anything! The new self-check out registers are contributing to rise in shoplifting cases.
A Walmart employee helped save his store a whole lot of money when he realized that a shoplifter was being somewhat sneaky about how she was trying to steal some expensive goods.
A twenty-five-year-old wife and mom, Cheyenne Amber West was shopping at Walmart when she decided to use some creativity to get her a few pricey items for free. Instead of choosing some items to take from the store, West was seen replacing the regularly priced barcodes with discounted and clearance codes from other items. She then took the items to the self-checkout and tried to get away leaving with $1,824 worth of items for only $3.70.
Unfortunately for her a loss prevention employee happened to witness her as she was going through the checkout register with her mom. West was stopped and charged with felony grand theft and placed on a $3,000 bond.
In a statement on an arrest affidavit, West shared the following statement…
“I am just trying to get gifts for my son that I cannot afford. The computer is for my husband. Since he just got me a Coach purse, I figured he deserved something nice, as well.”
Sounds like a pretty poor excuse to steal from a store. Not to mention the fact, that if her husband could afford to buy her a Coach purse, then surely she has enough money to purchase items at Walmart without having to steal them.
Unfortunately, these stories repeat themselves all over the country and I see cases like this at my office All the time. Don’t steal, you’ll be caught and you will go to jail and a theft record will likely follow you for life. It will become tougher to get a job, a professional license or position that pays good money.
If you made a mistake and are caught in this kind of a predicament, do not speak to loss prevention or police before speaking to me your criminal lawyer. It’s your right to call me at 305-644-1800. I’m Albert Quirantes, and more than just a lawyer, I’m a friend.
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