Brownwood police cited a 19-year-old man for theft and will seek a warrant for a 22-year-old cashier after being told the two had participated in a shoplifting scheme.
A loss prevention officer at the CVS store on Austin Avenue saw a cashier scan an item from a customer Wednesday but failed to scan several other items, and put them in a sack, a report by officer Trey Weathermon states.
The customer, who tried to leave the store, was detained and the cashier was removed from the register. The customer said he hadn’t tried to steal anything and the problem occurred because the cashier improperly rang up the items, Weathermon’s report states.
The cashier said he and the customer were best friends and lived together, and had been taking items for about three weeks. He said the two were in a tight financial situation and could not pay their bills, and he allowed his roommate to take only items for the house, Weathermon’s report states.
Items taken over the three-week period included two cartons of cigarettes, 10 packs of cigarettes, four 12-packs of Cokes, a DVD movie and household items, Weathermon’s report states. On Wednesday, the man tried to leave the store with a 12-pack of Mountain Dew, a 12-pack of Big Red, a five-pack of cigars, gum and other household items.
The total value of the items was $229, Weathermon’s report states.
In other incidents:
• Deputy Carlyle Gover arrested John Torrez, 23, of Brownwood on a charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces after a traffic stop in the 1600 block of Melwood.
• Someone took purses from two vehicles parked in the 400 block of South Broadway.
• Someone broke a vehicle’s windshield and another window with a bat in the 1600 block of Second.