Friday, May 29, 2020
70.9 F
Ocala

Woman behind bars after caught pretending to scan items at Ocala Wal-Mart

A homeless woman is behind bars after being caught stealing merchandise at an Ocala Wal-Mart.

Amanda Kay Minchew was charged with petit theft on Wednesday after a loss prevention officer claimed she was stealing items from the Wal-Mart located at 9570 SW U.S. Hwy. 200 in Ocala.

Amanda Kay Minchew, 34, was arrested Wednesday after a loss prevention officer called the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for help. The loss prevention officer said she Minchew and a man who fled the store, located at 9570 SW U.S. Hwy. 200, on foot after under-ringing items at a self-checkout station, the report says.

The loss prevention officer said Minchew was the “main one” ringing up the items and putting the non-paid-for merchandise in bags. She said both Minchew and the man she was with then attempted to exit the store before she and another employee tried to stop them, the report says.

Minchew told the deputy that she planned on paying for some of the items but didn’t have enough money to purchase them all. She claimed that “everything” had been stolen from her last week and she planned on placing the items she hadn’t paid for in shopping bags and walking out of the store, the report says.

The deputy watched surveillance video and saw Minchew put an item in a bag without scanning it and then pretend to scan another item and put it into the bag. He noted that she did that with boxers, leggings, a hammock and a storage rack and then attempt to leave the store with $85.69 worth of merchandise, the report says.

Minchew, who had been convicted of retail theft in December 2011, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with petit theft (second offense). She is being held on $1,000 bond and is due in court July 10 at 1 p.m. to answer to the charge.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Crime

Two Levy County men nabbed after targeting elderly victims in robberies

Two Levy County men were jailed Wednesday after being accused of committing strong-armed robberies on elderly victims.

Often-arrested Belleview man jailed after fighting with two women

A Belleview man who has been in and out of the Marion County Jail more than a dozen times was arrested after a fight with two women who were trying to stop him from spanking a child.

Ocala woman threatens victim while being taken to jail

An Ocala woman accused of domestic battery said the alleged victim had better be gone when she gets out of jail and threatened to bash his head in.

Ocala man jailed after gal pal and man friend report being attacked

An Ocala man found himself behind bars recently after being accused of punching a gal pal and then biting a man friend.

Business

Downtown Ocala businesses reopen, many with refurbished digs

Downtown Ocala businesses are reopening this week at reduced capacity, with many having taken the opportunity during quarantine to renovate their establishments.

Leading Marketing Solutions hosting virtual Quarantine Business Expo

The Quarantine Business Expo, hosted by Leading Marketing Solutions, is a virtual event that will serve as a platform for businesses to showcase their services and products to an engaged online audience on May 7 and May 19.

Ocala businesses shutter doors in wake of COVID-19 fallout

Businesses across the city of Ocala shuttered their doors Friday morning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has ground the nation to a halt. 

The Fiery Chef serving up ‘Ready to Eat Meals’ at new east Ocala location

The Fiery Chef has opened the doors on its new east Ocala location in hopes of serving up "Ready to Eat Meals" to the local community. 

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required

Headlines

Two Levy County men nabbed after targeting elderly victims in robberies

Two Levy County men were jailed Wednesday after being accused of committing strong-armed robberies on elderly victims.

Often-arrested Belleview man jailed after fighting with two women

A Belleview man who has been in and out of the Marion County Jail more than a dozen times was arrested after a fight with two women who were trying to stop him from spanking a child.

Ocala woman threatens victim while being taken to jail

An Ocala woman accused of domestic battery said the alleged victim had better be gone when she gets out of jail and threatened to bash his head in.

Another inmate at Bushnell prison tests positive for COVID-19 virus

Another inmate at the Sumter Correctional Institution has tested positive for the Coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases at the Bushnell facility to 121.

More articles like this