Cheyenne Amber West got a little too crafty with the self-checkout at her local Walmart and thought she could get away with ringing up $1,800 worth of electronics for just $3.70.
Cheyenne Amber West, 25, a waitress from Fort Pierce, Fla., got caught by a loss prevention officer after he saw her and a woman, identified in the arrest affidavit as her mother, picking out an HP Omen computer, video game controllers and other items from the electronics section.
West is being charged with felony grand theft and misdemeanor shoplifting, according to her arrest record.
Her plan? Covering the barcodes of the items she intended to steal with barcode stickers of items from the clearance section and ringing them up herself at self-checkout. It’s unclear at which point West was apprehended by the loss prevention officer, who watched her and her mother pick out the items and wheel the unpaid merchandise to the exit in a shopping cart. After her arrest, she was spotted on video surveillance swapping the stickers.
“I am just trying to get gifts for my son that I cannot afford. The computer is for my husband. Since he just got me a Coach purse, I figured he deserved something nice as well,” West told a Florida deputy in the affidavit.
West’s mother wasn’t charged and told the officer, “I know what my daughter was doing, but I never walked out with anything, and she is just trying to get gifts for her son.”
West was released on $3,000 bond on Tuesday.
Self-checkouts are for ringing up organic bananas as regular, NOT for trying steal a $3 laptop.