WORTHINGTON ― A Worthington woman is accused of stealing merchandise from Walmart and is the latest individual to face such allegations over the last few weeks.
Walmart loss prevention provided documentation and video evidence showing that over the course of 21 shopping trips between June 6 and Sept. 25 of this year, Constance Bauerly, 28, took items from Walmart that totaled $1,067.43.
A Worthington police officer reviewed the security footage and noted that Bauerly used a few different strategies. These include passing items through the self-checkout before the register was ready, leaving items in her cart and ringing up items that qualified for WIC funding while actually going home with items that did not qualify for WIC. On one occasion, the criminal complaint says, Bauerly switched the barcode on a $97 toolset with the barcode from an $11.88 socket set.
When asked about the thefts, Bauerly reportedly said she does shop at Walmart and that she might have accidentally forgotten to scan a few items.
She has been charged with felony theft, which carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. If convicted, Bauerly will be sentenced based on her criminal history.
Rather than begin arrested, Bauerly received a court summons to appear for her first hearing Monday.
Because she was never booked into jail, Bauerly does not have a mugshot.