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Pinellas deputies: Oldsmar woman stole $2,200 from Walmart

OLDSMAR — A 19-year-old woman is accused of pilfering $2,200 from her register at Walmart over the past week and a half.

Stephanie Ann Smith, of 530 Hickory Nut Ave., was charged Sunday with felony grand theft. She was released from the Pinellas County Jail on her own recognizance later Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Smith was caught on video surveillance at the store at 3801 Tampa Road stealing cash about half a dozen times since Jan. 20. Smith would take the money from customers and put it underneath the cash drawer then transfer it to her pocket later, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor.

The Sheriff's Office was alerted to the thefts Sunday when a deputy who was at the store on an unrelated matter was approached by a loss prevention officer. Store employees had determined Smith was logged in as the clerk at the registers that were missing money and also captured the theft on video, Nestor said.

When confronted, Smith admitted she stole because of "money problems," Nestor said. She had worked at the store for about two months, Nestor said.

Smith does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Pinellas deputies: Oldsmar woman stole $2,200 from Walmart 01/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 6:20pm]
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