Exclusive: Teen tricks Walmart stores out of nearly $30,000
NORMAN, Okla. – A 17-year-old is facing charges after he tricked three Walmart stores out of nearly $30,000.
Police aren’t releasing his name because he is a juvenile, but Norman police finally caught up to him Jan. 30 in Norman and arrested him.
The teen stole from the Walmart stores in Dec. after conning managers into believing he worked there.
“You would think a store manager would catch on to something like that,” said shopper Vernon Boyce.
After reading the police report, you realize no one noticed or suspected anything.
The report says at a Moore Walmart he “…acted as if he was a general manager from another store.”
Wearing the company’s name tag and all, he told the manager “…he was doing an inventory of the store before general managers came to inspect them after the holidays.”
Surviellance cameras caught the teenager. The report says he was “…alone in the cash office…” It says he took “… multiple bundles of cash, stuffing them inside his pockets and clothes.”
He even hugged the manager before he walked out.
Sgt. Jeremey Lewis says this is one for the books.
“He’s obviously confident in what he’s doing and has a good story,” said Sgt. Lewis.
The teen knew the drill because police say he worked at a Walmart in Oklahoma City until he was fired for stealing money.
After that, he showed up in his old uniform at an Edmond store. Managers actually put him to work on a register.
He pocketed more than $3,000 that day.
“I really would have been too nervous, too scared to even try it,” said Boyce.
When the fraudster played the same role in the Norman Walmart, the con was over. The Cleveland County District Attorney is working on the case now. No word yet on if he will be tried as an adult.
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