UPDATE: Register Scheme Costs Walmart $3,000+
By Mike Perleberg
Update posted Wednesday, May 14 at 10:41 a.m.
Investigators have developed new information as they seek a woman who defrauded the Walmart Supercenter in Aurora out of $3,000.
A female customer went to the store on April 24 and duped a cashier into giving her merchandise when she had actually hit the “Cancel” button after swiping a credit card through the electronic payment device.
On Wednesday, Aurora Police said that the suspect was wearing a ball cap with a “UK” logo on the front. Police also released a photo of the vehicle being driven by the suspect at the time of the incident.
Investigators say that the woman may be responsible for multiple other offenses at several other retailers in the tri-state area.
Anyone with information that can help identify the suspect is asked to call the Aurora Police Department.
Original story posted on Thursday, May 8 at 1:26 p.m.:
(Aurora, Ind.) – Aurora Police are trying to track down a woman who defrauded the local Walmart Supercenter out of more than $3,000.
A woman entered the store on April 24 and approached one of the registers. She noticed that the cashier was new and engaged him in conversation and told him she had worked for Walmart in the past, according to police.
After the cashier had scanned the woman’s merchandise, she swiped her credit or debit card through the card reader. She then hit the “Cancel” button on the device, but told the cashier to hit the “Cash” button on the register twice, which prompted the register to open as if the exact amount was given. The reality was that no payment had been rendered.
The suspect didn’t stop there, however. She completed five more transactions using the same method that day.
Police say the six fraudulent purchases totaled $3,082.16.
Aurora Police are asking anybody who recognizes the suspect from the surveillance photos is asked to call the police department at (812) 926-1101.