5 J'can students busted in Walmart shoplifting scandal

Friday, August 28, 2015

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Five Jamaicans, who were employed at Walmart in Walton County, Florida, were arrested and charged Tuesday with retail theft and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight Tuesday regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.

According to Walton County Sheriff's Deputies, the five Walmart employees — Gillisa Hyde, 25; Rashid Cargill, 21; Maurice Notice, 21; Nashana Murrray, 23; and Jennea Edwards, 19 — made an organised attempt to steal items from the store.

It was also reported that the crimes involving the five occurred on several occasions between August 11 and 22.

One of the suspects reportedly admitted in her statement that it was "an associate thing" and that they were "looking out for one another".

The scam reportedly went as follows:

One employee would bring items to the register where their friend was working and scan items and then delete the items from the transaction.

Also, at times they would make the motion like items were being scanned without actually scanning them. The items would be placed in bags and the employee would leave the store with the unpaid items.

The five were reportedly on the student work and travel programme.

 
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