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.