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Saturday, December 3, 2022

Underwear bandit nabbed at Ocala Wal-Mart with sheriff’s deputy in the store

An underwear and clothing bandit was arrested last Sunday at an Ocala Wal-Mart for a theft that took place while a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy was in the store.

Candice Meshelle Machey, 33, was arrested recently after a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer claimed she was taking underwear and other clothing items she hadn’t paid for.

The loss prevention officer at the store, located at 9570 Hwy. 200, alerted the deputy, who then made contact with 33-year-old Candice Meshelle Machey, of Ocala. She had been observed on surveillance video with a cart full of items at a self-checkout station and allegedly had attempted to take items that she hadn’t paid for, a sheriff’s office report states.

The video showed Machey at the checkout station ringing up women’s clothing. She is seen grabbing multiple T-shirts and only ringing up one of them before putting them all in a bag. And she did that multiple times with clothing and women’s underwear, the report says, adding that the merchandise was worth $113.67.

The deputy opened Machey’s purse to look for an identification card and “observed a stolen set of women’s jewelry” inside the handbag. Machey then told the deputy where to find her South Carolina ID and when he opened a different portion of her purse, he found a clear plastic baggie with a crystal substance inside it that tested positive for methamphetamine, the report says.

Machey told the deputy she knew what she did was wrong and she was willing to pay for the stolen items. She also told the deputy that she uses heroin but couldn’t find a clean baggie to put it in so she used the dirty one found in her purse. And she claimed that it could have tested positive for methamphetamine for that reason, the report says.

Machey was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with larceny/petit theft (third or subsequent offense) and possession of drug equipment. She was being held on $2,500 bond and is due in court July 23 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

Machey is no stranger to the legal system, having been convicted of theft twice (Nov. 26, 2013 and July 14, 2015) in South Carolina. She also was arrested in Marion County on Oct. 4, 2018 for a probation violation on a retail petit theft charge.