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UPDATE: Woman Goes Through Self-Checkout, Intentionally Leaves Without Paying

Information provided by the Fairlawn Police Department.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 1:08 p.m. on Aug. 1 with more information from police.

On July 28, security watched a woman walk up to the self-checkout line, scan all her products and then leave the store, according to a report.

The woman scanned $109 of merchandise, bagged it, put it back in her cart and then walked out of the store without paying, the report said. Fairlawn police Sgt. Rob Buza is not calling this incident an accident.

"A store employee saw this happen and walked up to the woman as she was leaving the store to check her receipt," Buza said. "The woman just kept walking."

Buza said the woman is 34 years and used to live in the Goodyear Heights area. Buza believes she is now homeless.

Security footage shows the woman walking up to a Chevrolet Malibu, loading it up and getting into the passenger side before the driver leaves the area. The car was last seen heading south on Cleveland-Massillon Road.

The kicker? The woman scanned her Giant Eagle Advantage Card, which is how police found out who she is.

Jacquelyn Stager August 01, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Is it possible she thought she had scanned her credit card before leaving? It doesn't sound like she was trying to make a quick get-away, having stood there and scanned and bagged all her items, and using her Advantage Card. She might have just been distracted and goofed. If so, how embarrassing. I can actually see myself doing something like this!
Tiffany August 01, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Agree with Jacquelyn. You make her out like a criminal. It sounds like she just mistakenly forgot to swipe her credit card. Poor lady!
Denise Shauger August 01, 2012 at 11:31 AM
I agree, ladies. If it really is all an "oops" the dear lady will be mortified. And, if not, Giant Eagle has every right to prosecute. I hope, especially if it was a mistake, that The Patch will report it as such. But, no names, please.
Jacquelyn Stager August 01, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only one who can relate to the possibility this was truly an "oops". Wondering why security didn't stop her and ask since they "watched" her do this???
richard baker August 01, 2012 at 11:51 AM
As a smart shopper/theif, by scanning her Giant Eagle card, what would have been Grand Larceny was reduced to larceny through the significant savings!
Megan Rozsa August 01, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Hi everyone, I will follow up with police on this. Even if it's not a theft, I picked this report because I thought it was a little funny that she went through the process and they just watched. This could have been avoided, like some of you said above. Thanks for reading!
Megan Rozsa August 01, 2012 at 05:19 PM
This story has been updated with more comments from police. Thanks for reading!
Jacquelyn Stager August 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
With the updated details, sadly it does sound like it was done on purpose. :(

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