A Michigan woman was placed under arrest after she was accused of stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from a local Walmart. TeddyJo Marie Fliam, 34, was caught skipping items while ringing up her items at a self-checkout kiosk in July 2022. However, it wasn’t until employees reviewed surveillance footage that the true depth of her crime was revealed.
- A Walmart employee confronted Fliam at a store in Alpena County. When the worker noticed Fliam’s theft, a loss prevention worker confronted her about it. However, Fliam is said to have become agitated before insisting she’d done nothing wrong and leaving the store, per Fox 29.
- The employee reviewed surveillance footage dating back several months. After watching the clips, it was determined that TeddyJo Marie Fliam had stolen more than $1,000 worth of items from Walmart since April 2022 by skipping them during the self-checkout process. The footage was turned over to Michigan State Police.
- Fliam was arrested at her home on September 29. She was charged with first-degree retail fraud and could face a hefty fine, jail time, and/or a ban from her local Walmart store if convicted. It’s unclear how she intends to plead, whether or not she has legal representation, or when she’s due in court.
- More stores are cracking down on theft. While it’s much more convenient to be able to scan your own items and complete checkout quickly and easily at your local store, the popularity of self-checkout has created a serious theft problem. That means stores like Walmart and others are left trying to come up with solutions to ensure they’re not losing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and revenue on a daily basis. While not all perpetrators will be caught, Fliam’s arrest shows the store is serious about prosecuting anyone they manage to track down to the full extent of the law.