Officer accused of switching tags to purchase goods at discount
EDMOND, Okla. – An Oklahoma City police officer is accused of altering the prices on items at a retail store and trying to purchase those products at a discount.
Barry Lanzner, 49, switched the UPC labels on several items so when scanned at the register the items would be significantly cheaper, according to investigators.
The incident happened at the Walmart on the 2200 block of W. Danforth.
Edmond Police spokesperson Jenny Monroe said Lanzner purchased $149 worth of stuff for $36.
“He gathered some of the merchandise that he wanted, he had switched some labels around, covered some of the labels upand then he went through the self-checkout lane,” Monroe said.
A store security guard told police he saw Lanzner switch the labels on several items.
According to the probable cause affidavit, some of those items included a pair of shorts, a Brita water filter and two 10-packs of hangers.
Oklahoma City Police confirmed that they are aware of the situation.
An official said Sgt. Lanzner has been with the department for 25 years and is currently on paid leave.
Lanzner faces a felony charge of transferring a Universal Price Code label with intent to defraud.