September 20, 2017
Fake employee sweet talks her way into theft
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help identifying a woman who pretended to be a Wal Mart employee, and commandeered a cash register after a transaction failed to process.
On August 14th, an unidentified woman entered the Wal Mart, located at 17105 San Carlos Boulevard. After 10 minutes of shopping, she proceeded to a manned register with six Visa gift cards, 7 Mega Ball tickets and other miscellaneous items. After attempting to pay for the items, the cashier advised the woman that the transaction had been declined. The suspect then advised the employee that she worked at Wal Mart, too, and offered to help by reaching over the counter and cashing out the transaction herself. By doing so, the six Visa gift cards were then activated. At no point did the suspect actually pay for the gift cards or any of the other items fraudulently removed from the store.
The suspect is described as a black female, 30-35 years of age, who wore a pink dress and white slides at the time of the crime. Anyone with information on the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
Note: A surveillance photo of the suspect is attached to this release. There is no video available at this time.