Five Jamaicans, who were overseas on the summer work and travel programme, were arrested and charged for shoplifting at a Walmart store to which they were employed in Florida, United States.
Deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight Tuesday (August 25) regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.
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Charged with retail theft and conspiracy to commit fraud are; Gillisa Hyde, 25; Rashid Cargill, 21; Maurice Notice, 21; Nashana Murrray, 23; and Jennea Edwards, 19 — made an organised attempt to steal items from the store, according to Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Reportes are that the crimes involving the five occurred on several occasion between August 11 and 22.
One of the suspects reportedly admitted in her statement that it was “an associate thing” and that they were “looking out for one another”.
The scam reportedly went as; one employee would bring items to the register where their friend was working and scan items and then delete the items from the transaction.
Also, at times they would make the motion like items were being scanned without actually scanning them. The items would be placed in bags and the employee would leave the store with the unpaid items.
Deputies spoke with Walmart Loss Prevention Officers and collected evidence.
It was determined the five employees, all of whom are from Jamaica, have taken several items over the course of a few weeks.