In September, an alleged thief posing as a Walmart employee walked into a Dallas-area store, grabbed four big screen TVs, and simply walked out the way he came. That theft apparently worked so well, another shoplifter pulled the same stunt in Virginia.
WTVR News reports that a man dressed as a Walmart employee made an unauthorized trip into the retailer’s stockroom last month and left with four TVs.
A spokesperson for the local Crime Solvers says the man, dressed in khaki pants, a light grey sweatshirt, and a typical blue Walmart vest, loaded four flat-screen TVs onto a cart and pushed them out of the store through an emergency exit.
“They were loaded into a waiting, full-size SUV,” the spokesperson said. “Unfortunately, the man was not an employee of that Walmart or of any of the neighboring Walmart stores.”
Fake employees making away with expensive goods aren’t a new phenomenon. As mentioned above, a strikingly similar incident occurred at a Dallas Walmart in September, when a man walked straight to the store’s stockroom, loaded up a hand truck with thousands of dollars worth of smart TVs and walked out the door to a waiting Nissan vehicle.
In October, another thief allegedly posed as a Target Mobile representative in order to gain access to an inventory locker full of cellphones.
Police say the man placed 26 cellphones – worth $18,000 – in a duffel bag. He then put on a grey sweatshirt, returned the key to the desk and left the store.