BEDFORD – A Bedford woman was issued a summons to appear in court on a charge of theft after Bedford Police officers responded to Walmart at 2:53 p.m. on Monday, May 26.
Police detained 27-year-old Taylor Johnson.
When police arrived at the store they were met by two Asset Protection Associates who told police they had detained Johnson and she was in their office after one of the associates said they witnessed Johson fail to pay for items in two separate transactions.
He stated Johnson first rendered a payment of $32.48, including tax. He advised she then rendered $23.98, including tax. He stated while watching Johnson on the sales floor, he noticed that she turned around and left the register, and started heading towards the Lawn and Garden area of the store, still failing to render proper payment for all items in her possession. At this point, he requested assistance and they continued to observe Johnson.
He stated Johnson immediately went to the Lawn and Garden department. The Asset employee was able to get in front of Johnson and exited the building in front of her. He stated Johnson pulled her cart to the side and stood for a couple of minutes talking on the phone watching the door. He stated after a couple of minutes, Johnson attempted to exit the building, passing all points of sale, without rendering proper payment for all merchandise in her possession. He and the other employee stopped Johnson and asked her to follow them to the Asset Protection office which she did without incident.
The total amount of known theft, in this case, is $154.45, pre-tax.
Taylor told police she was outside to return some flowers to the outside garden section. She stated her intention was to return a few of those flowers and then leave with the remaining merchandise that was unpaid.
Taylor was issued a summons to appear in Lawrence County Superior Court I on June 6, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. on a charge of theft. She was also issued a no-trespass order from Walmart and she understood she could not return to the store.