October 31, 2013

Bedding bandit caught in Walmart self-checkout

Travis Posey
HSI Sensing Press Release


Police nabbed a man for trying to steal almost a full bedroom set from the Chickasha Walmart Wednesday night after an employee stopped him passing through the self-checkout.

The alleged bedding bandit, identified in a Chickasha Police Department report as Nathan Skinner, is the second reported theft attempt within a week at the superstore.

According to the police report, this incident began when a Walmart associate told officers he noticed Skinner previously returning "high price items" to the store without a receipt. The employee watched the suspect on this occasion and said he only saw Skinner scan two out of nine items in his basket in the self-checkout lane. He approached Skinner and asked for a receipt for the items, but there was none to be found. 

Items taken were reportedly two pillows, three blankets, a set of sheets and a set of pillow cases -- everything but the duvet. According to the report, the items stolen totaled more than $200, while Skinner only paid $13 for other products in his basket.

Skinner admitted to the employee of taking the bedding items and also of returning items to the store that he had never paid for in the first place, according to the report. He was booked in Grady County Jail on a charge of shoplifting.