A Walmart shopper accused of “skipping a scan” and stealing $165 fell into even deeper water when police found 37 pounds of marijuana in his car.
A Georgia man was arrested at a Walmart in Morgan County for failing to scan 24 items at a self-checkout counter.
But the charges against him intensified when police found a pile of drugs in his trunk.
According to Morgan Citizen, 28-year-old Markus Rashad Tull was brought to police attention after he allegedly “skipped scanning” 24 items at a Walmart checkout.
A police review of the store’s surveillance footage revealed that the man had not scanned 24 items.
After his arrest, Tal asked officers to put the items he had paid for in the back seat, according to police reports.
Tal hands the police officer his car key fob and inadvertently waives his right not to be searched.
The officers chose to put the goods in the trunk in the hope that they would disappear from view.
When they opened the trunk, smelly marijuana filled the air.
Police reports said the trunk contained £37 of suspected marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and a THC pen.
There were also ecstasy pills in the center console of the car.
“[The police officers] The man was kind enough to allow his luggage into the car, so they realized something else was going on.
After his discovery, Tull was charged with two counts: shoplifting, possession of marijuana for trafficking purposes, possession of drug paraphernalia or articles, marijuana trafficking, and illegal possession of a controlled substance.
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In response, CEO Doug McMillon warned that the company could raise prices and close stores to offset costs.
He also called for an increased police presence outside stores.
Retailers hope to advance technology and catch thieves before they steal unpaid goods.
Other brand executives have chided the self-loathing tale of shoplifting, saying the CFO of a major brand “may have cried too much about the theft.”