St. Mary's Co. Identity Needed for Theft Suspect

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The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of the person shown in a theft investigation. On Monday, April 26, 2021 at 6:13 pm, the suspect failed to scan all the merchandise in her cart at the self-checkout register at the California Walmart store. The suspect was stopped by loss prevention staff after passing the last point of sale but did not provide identification.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect or this incident is asked to call Deputy Casey Hill at 301-475-4200, ext. 78112 or email casey.hill@stmarysmd.com. Case # 22398-21

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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stgislander

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PREMO Member
They had her in the office. They SHOULD have the necessary verbal judo skills to gather that info, but... Well, it's WalMart.
So they couldn't have called for a deputy as soon as they nabbed her? There's usually at least one cruising around California that time of day.

I mean it's Walmart. There should be a deputy permanently assigned out front.
 

Monello

Yeah, whatever
PREMO Member
You know she gave the loss prevention people a boat load of attitude. I bet there was a lot of finger wagging, side to side head movements and plenty of leaning in and out. It would be great if they video taped those interviews.
 

L'Town.girl

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So they couldn't have called for a deputy as soon as they nabbed her? There's usually at least one cruising around California that time of day.

I mean it's Walmart. There should be a deputy permanently assigned out front.
I would imagine they did contact LLEA right away. She wasn't influenced/pressured enough to want to stay for their arrival. I would guess she was in the office only for seconds, trying to explain herself. SMCSO is pretty responsive, but sometimes there are more urgent matters. I agree, WalMart should fund a full time uniformed LEO for this location, not just an unarmed person in uniform, who really has no authority.
 

DEEKAYPEE8569

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I would imagine they did contact LLEA right away. She wasn't influenced/pressured enough to want to stay for their arrival. I would guess she was in the office only for seconds, trying to explain herself. SMCSO is pretty responsive, but sometimes there are more urgent matters. I agree, WalMart should fund a full time uniformed LEO for this location, not just an unarmed person in uniform, who really has no authority.
They're saving $$$ on cashiers, what with the self check-out registers. Right? Why not fund a full time uniformed LEO?
 

UglyBear

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So then what does the Loss Prevention Staff actually do?
Nothing. By design.
As a teen, I had many crappy retail jobs, for major chains (Safeway, Target, etc). During every orientation it was drilled into us not to confront or pursue shoplifters — it was not worth it to the corporate, even back in the 90’s.

An example was given of a cashier who chased a guy who openly was carrying out a bottle of $60 whiskey — the shoplifter turned around and smashed the bottle on the cashier’s head. The store had to pay cashier’s medical bills, $10k’s, over a $60 bottle.

“Shrinkage” is built into the operating cost of the store, but they are really scared of lawsuits, especially now, when it could be claimed as “redistribution for ... justice”.
 
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