LUTZ — While shoplifting from Walmart, a woman decided she also needed a ride — so she took the store decals off a motorized shopping cart for disabled shoppers and drove away, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
Rachel Faria didn't get far. A deputy spotted Faria and a 13-year-old accomplice in a second motorized cart about 12:20 a.m. Thursday, riding across a dim patch of U.S. 41 less than a quarter of a mile from the store. While Faria, 35, and the teen were questioned, two Walmart employees approached and said they were searching for the stolen carts, worth $2,100 each, a Sheriff's Office report states.
Faria "admitted to stealing the cart she was riding and telling the juvenile to take the second," the report states. She said she stole the scooter from the Walmart at 1575 U.S. 41, "so she did not have to walk back to her bike that was parked at 7-Eleven."
In Faria's cart was a stolen car battery and "multiple other items" worth about $100, the report states. The juvenile has not been charged, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
Faria, of 20015 Valdez Lane in Lutz, was arrested and charged with retail theft, grand theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She remained Thursday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $5,300 bail.