Saturday, March 28, 2020
84 F

41-year-old Ocala woman accused of multiple rip-off capers at Wal-Mart

Leslie Lopez

An Ocala woman accused of repeatedly ripping off a local Wal-Mart found herself behind bars on Wednesday.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was called to the store at 9570 SW Hwy. 200 and when he arrived, a loss prevention employee claimed that 41-year-old Leslie Lopez had been stealing from the store for several months. The employee alleged that Lopez had taken about $2,300 in merchandise. He also claimed to have approximately 41 separate cases of theft from the store and provided the deputy with 29 cases that took place between Nov. 12, 2019 and Jan. 14, a sheriff’s office report states.

The employee claimed that Lopez would pretend to scan items at self-checkout stations, bag them and then pay less than she owed. The report noted that Lopez allegedly was scanning a UPC barcode of a cheaper product that was taped to the bottom of her debit card. It said that she “made it appear” as if she was scanning the merchandise but she was actually holding the modified debit cared under the product, the report says.

The deputy observed several surveillance videos of Lopez at self-checkout stations using the modified debit card in her hand to ring up items at lower costs. He noted that on Nov. 20 of last year she used a UPC barcode for Beefaroni to ring up several items for 88 cents. The total bill for her purchases that day came to $31.08 – when the actual total should have been $163.65, the report says.

A Dec. 23 surveillance video showed Lopez using a barcode for Great Value mushrooms attached to her debit card to ring up various items for 64 cents apiece, the report says, noting that the deputy determined Lopez had taken items ranging in value of more than $750 but less than $5,000.

The deputy responded to Lopez’s residence at 13092 SW 84th Terrace Rd. in Ocala. She agreed to speak with him and admitted using different barcodes to ring up merchandise at the Wal-Mart. She said she “knew it was wrong” and said she “only did it a couple of times,” the report says.

Lopez was then placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with larceny/grand theft. She was released early Thursday morning on $2,000 bond and her next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.

Photos in Ocala, Florida

Subscribe for email updates

* indicates required


Number of COVID-19 cases in Marion County jumps to 17 overnight

Seventeen people in Marion County have now tested positive for the Coronavirus after eight more cases were reported overnight.

Ocala Fire Rescue activates paramedic strike team amid COVID-19 outbreak

Ocala Fire Rescue has activated a special strike team to address concerns amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ocklawaha man nabbed after caller reports light being shined into home

An Ocklawaha man found himself behind bars early Saturday morning after a caller reported suspicious activity in a neighborhood and a light being shined inside a home.

Ninth Marion County resident tests positive for COVID-19 virus

A 38-year-old woman from another state is the latest person to test positive for the Coronavirus in Marion County.

Man wanted on warrants nabbed after fleeing from Marion sheriff’s deputies

A man on felony probation who was wanted on outstanding warrants was jailed recently after fleeing from a Marion County sheriff’s deputy..


Ocala businesses shutter doors in wake of COVID-19 fallout

Businesses across the city of Ocala shuttered their doors Friday morning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has ground the nation to a halt. 

The Fiery Chef serving up ‘Ready to Eat Meals’ at new east Ocala location

The Fiery Chef has opened the doors on its new east Ocala location in hopes of serving up "Ready to Eat Meals" to the local community. 

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar opens new Ocala location at Market Street at Heathbrook

Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar opened the doors on their new Ocala location at Market Street at Heathbrook this week.

Mojo Grill is a must-visit restaurant in Ocala

The Mojo Grill and Catering Company, which has multiple locations throughout Marion, Lake and Sumter counties, is a must-visit restaurant in Ocala.

Epic Theatres opens doors at new Ocala location

Epic Theatres opened the doors on its new Ocala location earlier this month.

More Headlines