WARSAW — A Silver Lake woman received a 30-month suspended sentence on Wednesday, Jan. 22, for switching barcodes on items at Walmart.
Shelby Lynne Learned, 28, 3531 W. SR 14, Silver Lake, was charged with making a false sales document, a level 6 felony. Three additional charges of making a false sales document and one charge of theft were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
On Jan. 17, 2019, a Warsaw Police officer responded to a theft report at Walmart. A Walmart employee said that on Dec. 7, 2018, she saw a woman, later identified as Learned, attempt to self-check several items using barcodes from items of lesser value. The shopping card she attempted to use was declined and she left the store without making a purchase.
According to court documents, on Dec. 21, 2018, the employee saw Learned and an unidentified man scan two jackets using barcodes from items of lesser value. Learned also scanned several toys by doing the same process. The purchases were made with a Walmart shopping card.
On Dec. 22, 2018, Learned completed a no-receipt return for several items and was given a $50.99 Walmart shopping card for the return. Learned used the shopping card she received from her previous return to purchase more items.
A day later, Learned completed a no-receipt return for the items she purchased on Dec. 22. She was given a Walmart shopping card for $70.06. During that shopping trip, Learned failed to scan several items and left with unscanned merchandise, court records said.
Kosciusko County Superior Court 3 Judge Joe Sutton sentenced Learned to 30 months in prison; the sentence was suspended on probation. Learned’s cash bond in the case will be used to pay $415.34 in restitution to Walmart.