Three charged in Wal-Mart thefts

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 5:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 5:04 p.m.

Three women had been sneaking items out of the Chiefland Wal-Mart Supercenter by packaging them as supplies from a restaurant located inside the business and walking out with the boxes, police reported.

Chiefland Police arrested Sylvia Rose Smith, 23, Holly Marie Locke, 29, both of Old Town, and Kristi Irene Stiller, 36, of Trenton, on changes of grand theft and criminal conspiracy. The three were booked into the Levy County jail Tuesday.

On Monday evening, a Wal-Mart employee who had been investigating thefts at the store stopped the women as they were taking a box outside, police reported. When questioned, the women said the box contained property belonging to the McDonald’s restaurant inside the store, which they were transferring to another McDonald’s. A Wal-Mart employee opened the box and inside discovered more than $400 in Wal-Mart merchandise, most of which was school supplies, according to police.

Officers and members of Wal-Mart’s Asset Protection Team went to two homes and found more than $1,300 in stolen merchandise stored at the residences, police reported.

Investigators believe the theft ring has been operating for several months.

Police listed the women as McDonald’s employees and two as managers at the business.

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