A Texarkana woman, April Marie McElhannnon, 37, was arrested and charged with six counts of theft of property after skip-scanning merchandise at the De Queen Walmart.
On Dec. 31, De Queen Police Sgt. Wayne Baker was dispatched to Walmart to answer a call of theft and on arrival, he spoke to asset protection officials who advised that on Nov. 22, an unidentified female skip scanned some merchandise from the store as well as appearing to have attempted to pay for items with a government issued food card.
The asset protection official told Baker he observed the female attempt to purchase other items on Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 12, Dec. 24 and Dec. 29 with a food stamp card and provided videos of each incident. The asset protection official told Baker that some of the items that were attempted to be purchased were not available for purchases with the card but the female could be seen retrieving a printed piece of paper from the self-checkout register, which according to the official, was a balance inquiry each time. The asset protection official later noticed the female getting into a vehicle with Arkansas license plates.
"I located a white female who I later identified as April McElhannon and requested her to come to the De Queen Police Department with me and she complied," Bake wrote in his report.
Baker said that once there, he read and explained to McElhannon her rights and she agreed to answer questions. McElhannon told Baker that she received receipts each time she was in the store and had them at her home. McElhannon denied skip scanning any merchandise from Walmart as well.
"I placed McElhannon into custody and transported her to the Sevier County Jail where she was charged with six counts of theft of property," Baker wrote.
McElhannon's total haul was $235.52.