WARSAW — Two people from Leesburg are facing charges after switching universal product codes on more than $1,000 worth of Walmart merchandise.
Jessie Lee Graff, 34, 203 E. Van Buren St., Leesburg, is charged with two counts of making a false sales document and theft, all level 6 felonies; and theft, a class A misdemeanor.
Kenneth James Graff Jr., 38, 203 E. Van Buren St., Leesburg, is charged with making a false sales document, a level 6 felony; and theft, a class A misdemeanor.
On July 14, a Warsaw Police officer spoke with a Walmart employee about a theft report. The employee said that on April 28, they noticed suspicious behavior from four individuals at the store.
The employee was later able to investigate the subjects. According to court documents, on May 17, Jessie Graff entered the store and used false universal product codes (UPCs) to make more expensive items scan at a cheaper price. The total loss due to the bar code changes was $178.88.
On May 30, Jessie and Kenneth went to Walmart and scanned a large piece of luggage with a less expensive UPC. The total loss was $79.
On June 9, Jessie and an unidentified man entered Walmart and used false UPCs for items. The items they took included a futon, speakers and a water system. The total loss to the store was $862.
Two days later, on June 11, Jessie once again entered the store and used false UPCs for items. The total loss to Walmart was $332.34.
Upon reviewing surveillance footage, the officer was able to identify both Jessie and Kenneth as suspects.
Jessie has an initial hearing for this case at 1 p.m. Oct. 21, in Kosciusko Superior Court Three. A warrant was issued for Kenneth’s arrest on Aug. 26.