Employees caught faking purchases

Two stores accused employees of stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise Tuesday by pretending to scan the items at the register, Richmond County incident reports said.

A little before 1 p.m., a loss prevention officer from Bealls Outlet at 594 Bobby Jones Expressway told Richmond County sheriff’s deputies he had watched Kiara Latoya Clark, 19, let a woman leave the store without paying for items, including more than $4,000 in children’s clothing. The officer said she would scan the less expensive items but would put all the items in a bag. She was also accused of refunding almost $800 on fraudulent gift cards. Clark was arrested and is charged with a felony count of theft by taking, according to jail records.

Just before 3 p.m., the loss prevention officer from Walmart at 3209 Deans Bridge Road told deputies an employee was caught on video pretending to scan more than $3,000 in electronics, including four iPads and two Playstations. The male employee would scan the item as a price check instead of a purchase.

Surveillance video of both incidents was turned over to police, the reports said.