WALMART employees were shocked when a man tried to steal hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise using a strange technique.
Matthew Goodreau was arrested after using the “cabinet technique” and telling staff they “couldn’t catch him”.
Loss prevention became suspicious when they saw him stuffing several items into his underwear and then trying to leave.
When Walmart’s loss prevention officer approached him, he jumped into his red Kia and said, “You can’t catch me.”
He was later arrested a block down the road, where officers searched his car and discovered over $300 worth of merchandise.
According to Marion County Police, they discovered a watch, lube, a portable charger and headphones.
Officers also discovered crystal meth after Goodreau asked for a cigarette and an officer found drugs in the cigarette pack.
Goodreau is charged with posting $9,000 bail for petty theft, drug possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and negligent possession of drug paraphernalia.
Another thief has been charged after stealing $585 worth of merchandise from a Walmart store.
Police said Charles Martin made a “small purchase” at the self-checkout machine before his shoplifting.
Martin, 53, was seen at the self-service checkout before taking empty bags and putting items inside.
Employees asked Martin to show his receipt when he tried to leave the store.
Martin then verbally abused the staff before fleeing the scene, police said.
He was sentenced to 10 months in prison with 240 days in prison after being charged with six counts of retail fraud. He did not object to the allegations.
Martin was also sentenced to five years of intensive probation.
Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks told the court, “This is his last chance to avoid prison.”
Organized retail crime has become a problem for retailers across the United States.
Mark Mathews, Vice President of Research, Development and Industry Analysis at National Retail Associationcalled organized retail crime a “burgeoning threat”.
He warned, “These sophisticated criminal gangs endanger the safety of employees and customers and disrupt business operations.”
The NRF has revealed that shrink costs retailers US$94 billion.