Ocala man nabbed after paying 38 cents for Wet N Dry vacuum at Wal-Mart

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Brett Alexander Parsells

A 29-year-old Ocala man was arrested Sunday after being accused of stealing merchandise from an Ocala Wal-Mart.

A loss prevention officer at the store, located at 4980 E Silver Springs Blvd., said he saw 29-year-old Brett Alexander Parsells under-ringing merchandise at a self-checkout cash register. He said he and another loss prevention officer confronted Parsells, who had failed to pay the correct amount for a Stanley Wet N Dry Vacuum valued at $29.87.

The second loss prevention officer said she watched Parsells in the cosmetics department as he selected an Adidas aftershave product valued at $3 but then lost sights of him as he headed to the back of the store. She said she saw him again at the self-checkout register, where he placed a barcode sticker on the Wet N Dry Vacuum box that allowed it to be rung up for 38 cents. She said Parsells then exited the store without attempting to pay the correct amount, the report says.

A criminal background check showed that Parsells, who lives at 1216 SE 39th Ave. in Ocala, had two prior theft convictions on Feb. 27, 2017 and Nov. 25, 2013. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with petit theft, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held on $7,500 bond and is due in court Jan. 7 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.

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