An Ocala woman was arrested recently in connection with a long string of thefts at a local Walmart store.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to the store at 9570 S.W. Hwy. 200 and spoke with a loss prevention associate. She claimed that 30-year-old Angelys Rosmer Bonilla-Barreto had stolen several items from the store last year. She said Bonilla-Barreto failed to properly scan items, then placed them in bags and back into her shopping cart.
She then left the store without paying for the items, a sheriff’s office report states.
The loss prevention officer said that after utilizing Walmart’s “Secure” system and electronic journals, it was determined that Bonilla-Barreto had committed 18 thefts between August and October 2020. During those thefts, she allegedly used a fraudulent UPC code generally valued at 98 cents, the report says.
Deputies made contact with Bonilla-Barreto at her residence in southwest Ocala. After being advised of her rights, she viewed a still photograph of one of the incidents at Walmart and confirmed it was her. She said she only used “clearance prices” for the items she purchased and didn’t acknowledge having a fraudulent UPC code in her hand during the transactions, the report says.
Bonilla-Barreto was placed under arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail, where she was charged with 18 counts of larceny/petit theft. She was being held on $9,000 bond and her next court date hadn’t been set yet, jail records show.