For many, Walmart is the quick go-to store where someone can shop for anything and everything. Especially as the holidays approach and the economy so poor, customers are flocking to the store for discounts.
In one case, a man and woman in Georgia decided to cheat the store and their community when they confused a Walmart cashier so much so that they were able to steal well over $10,000 in merchandise and gift cards, according to authorities.
The couple filled a Walmart cart with expensive items in Grovetown, GA, on Nov. 30, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. When the couple got to the cash register, they made several card transactions, according to deputies, WRDW reported.
The man and woman managed to confuse the poor cashier so much that when they asked that the “cash” button be pressed on the register for their credit card to work, she followed their instructions.
The scheme led to the merchandise getting rung up as if it would be paid for by cash, so their credit cards were not charged, WRDW reported.
As reported, the thieving couple walked out of the store with $3,400 in merchandise and $3,000 in gift cards. However, in an update, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department calls the incident a “theft by deception” and said in a Facebook update on the crime that a suspect has been identified and also stated that the couple stole “in excess of $10,000.”
A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office told Fox News Digital that investigators have identified 19-year-old Jaylan Griggs from Flint, Michigan, as the male suspect. They have not yet identified the female suspect.
According to News18,
“Walmart CEO Doug McMillon claimed that increasing retail theft could lead to store closures or a raise in prices. “Theft is an issue. It’s higher than what it has historically been,” he said during an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”. He further added, “If that’s not corrected over time, prices will be higher, and/or stores will close.””
Authorities have asked the public to contact an investigator at 706-541-1044 or the sheriff’s office dispatch at 706-541-2800 with any information.