Shoplifter flees Ocala Wal-Mart with bottles of medicine

A woman who was detained and accused of shoplifting at an Ocala Wal-Mart fled with two bottles of medicine while a loss-prevention employee called law enforcement.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded Tuesday morning to the store at 34 Bahia Ave., where the employee said she observed an unknown white female remove a pink child-sized T-shirt, a pack of pens, and two bottles of medicine and try to leave through the north-side exit of the store. The total value of the items was $36.89, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The employee stopped the woman and asked her to come to the office. The woman offered to pay for the items, and the employee escorted her to customer service while calling the sheriff’s office. The woman saw the employee on the phone, removed the T-shirt and pens from her purse and placed them on the counter, kept the medicine and left through the south exit. She was last seen walking northeast through the parking lot, according to the report.

The stolen medicine was valued at $18.97. The case remains under investigation.