A Clermont woman was jailed Tuesday afternoon after being caught outside an Ocala Wal-Mart with health/beauty and electronics items in a tote bag.
A loss prevention associate at the store, located at 34 Bahia Ave. in Ocala, told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that she watched 44-year-old Shawn Renee Reynolds place 30 items in the tote bag, which belonged to Wal-Mart. She said Reynolds realized she was being watched so she removed the tote bag from a shopping cart and headed toward the grocery exit doors, a sheriff’s office report states.
The loss prevention associate said Reynolds passed all of the cash registers without paying for the items, which were valued at $379.83. She said she then confronted Reynolds and she dropped the tote bag, the report says.
Reynolds claimed she wasn’t trying to take the items without paying for them. She said she observed the loss prevention associate following her throughout the store so she became upset, the report says.
Reynolds said she saw the loss prevention associate leave the store so she followed her outside with the tote bag full of items. She claimed she only wanted to ask the employee why she was being followed but instead was informed that she was stealing items because she had exited the store without paying for them, the report says.
Reynolds, who lives in the 11700 block of Constance Way in Clermont, was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with retail petit theft. She was released early Sunday morning on $2,000 bond and is due in court on Dec. 27 at 8:30 a.m.