WARSAW — A Bourbon woman was recently arrested after allegedly stealing items from Walmart on multiple occasions.
In the first case, Adrienne Michelle Smalley, 38, 304 N. Thayer St., Bourbon, is charged with theft, a class A misdemeanor. Smalley is also charged with three counts of making a false sales document, all level 6 felonies; and three counts of theft, all class A misdemeanors, in a second case.
On Oct. 3, 2020, Warsaw Police officers responded to a report from Walmart’s loss prevention office about a customer switching tags on merchandise. The suspect, later identified as Smalley, was in the loss prevention office upon officers’ arrival.
According to court documents, via live camera shots, the loss prevention officer witnessed Smalley not scan some items in her cart. Footage also showed Smalley scan lesser expensive items to pay for more expensive items. The loss prevention officer brought Smalley into their office and discovered she used 10 false universal product codes (UPCs) on items and also failed to scan 22 items. The total amount of the unpaid items was $214.04.
Smalley was given a trespass order for Walmart on that date.
Two weeks later, on Oct. 15, 2020, it was discovered that Smalley had committed several other thefts from Walmart prior to being caught on Oct. 3.
Walmart’s loss prevention officer was able to identify the thefts committed by tracing the debit card Smalley used on Oct. 3, 2020.
On Aug. 13, 2020, surveillance video showed Smalley placing false UPCs on items to purposefully make them scan for a lower value.
On Sept. 4, 2020; and Sept. 18, 2020, Smalley is again seen on surveillance video placing false UPCs on items and also takes merchandise without paying for it or scanning it.
Officers later contacted Smalley about thefts between August and September 2020. Smalley admitted that she purposefully switched UPCs for items to save money.
Smalley was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail for these cases on Sept. 17, 2021, with a $5,850 surety and cash bond.