Ocala woman behind bars after getting nabbed in price tag caper at Wal-Mart

An Ocala woman with a long arrest record was jailed Tuesday night after she was spotted removing clearance tags from items and placing them on different merchandise at an Ocala Wal-Mart.

Tawny L. Rolka, 36, of Ocala, was arrested Tuesday night at Wal-Mart at 4980 E Silver Springs Blvd. and charged with retail petit theft.

An Ocala Police officer was called to the Wal-Mart at 4980 E Silver Springs Blvd. and when he arrived, a loss prevention officer told him that 36-year-old Tawny L. Rolka had been detained after ringing up the items with incorrect price tags at a self-checkout station. He showed the deputy video surveillance footage of Rolka scanning letter charms, valued at $3.97, which were scanned as a garden stake valued at $1, an Ocala Police report says.

After watching Rolka scan several other items with incorrect price tags, the officer took her into custody. She said her actions were “stupid” and a “mistake,” the report says, adding that Rolka was convicted of petit theft on Feb. 2, 2006.

Rolka, who lives in the 4200 block of NE 32nd Circle in Ocala, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with retail petit theft (second offense). She is being held on $2,000 bond and is due in court on Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m.

Rolka is no stranger to the Marion County legal system, having been held in the jail 11 times since February 2002 on a litany of charges related to drugs, driving with license suspended or revoked and driving under the influence. She also was arrested on May 15 and charged with domestic battery, jail records show.