A WOMAN who worked at Walmart has been accused of stealing from the registers and pocketing the cash, totaling $20,000.
Police responded to a theft call on Jan. 14 when a Texas Walmart employee accused Elisha Minter of theft.
While the store initially believed it had grabbed $11,000 over the previous nine days, it later told police it had stolen $20,000 since November, according to Houston affiliate Fox KRIV.
Minter, 42, allegedly said she stole from the registers three times a week and has now been charged with felony theft.
He is currently being held in the Harris County Jail on $1,000 bond.
“Elisha Minter was arrested and booked into the Harris County Jail for felony theft. Her bond was set at $1,000.00 by the 351st District Court,” Constable Mark Herman said.
Minter was allegedly caught stealing by Walmart’s asset protection team.
According to the company’s website, the team “provides security at our stores, distribution centers and corporate facilities.”
Although employees had to catch one of their own this time, the giant retailer has seen a spike in shoplifting in recent months.
Criminal defense attorney Ralph Manginello warned, “If you’re caught shoplifting from Walmart in Texas, you could face theft charges.”
In Texas, thieves can be charged with anything from a Class C misdemeanor to a first-degree felony.
In response, CEO Doug McMillon threatened higher prices and possible store closings to offset costs.
He also called for an increased police presence outside the shops.
Walmart is estimated to lose up to $3 billion a year due to theft, according to Reuters.