An inventive shoplifter who tried to make her way out of a Walmart with $1,800 in goods while only paying $3.70 is now facing a felony charge after an eagle-eyed loss prevention officer realized what she was up to.
25-year-old Cheyenne Amber West was arrested in Indian River County, Florida, for trying to sneak nearly two grand worth of electronics out of the store without paying the proper price, Sebastian Daily reported.
She and her mother, who was not charged, picked out a computer, video game controllers, and other pricy electronics and covered up their barcodes with stickers she fished out of the clearance section. Then she went over to the self-checkout aisle and began scanning the mislabeled goods, ultimately just paying $3.70 for everything.
At some point before she got to checkout, though, a loss prevention officer caught on to West’s scheme and decided to tail her.
“Walmart loss prevention continued physical surveillance of the suspects as they moved into the clearance department where they removed labels from clearance items and placed them over the UPCs of some of the other selected merchandise,” an Indian River County deputy told the outlet.
Upon getting busted, West, who works as a waitress, simply claimed that she was trying to get her husband a good gift.
“I am just trying to get gifts for my son that I cannot afford,” she told the deputy. “The computer is for my husband since he just got me a Coach purse, I figured he deserved something nice as well.”
Her mother sang the sang tune: “Yes, I know what my daughter was doing but I never walked out with anything, and she is just trying to get gifts for her son,” she said.
West is now facing a felony charge of grand theft and a misdemeanor charge of retail theft. She was released from custody Tuesday on $3,000 bond.