Advertisement
  1. News

Deputies: Walmart clerks in Pasco marked down video games, bought them and resold for profit

Seth Lulow, 19, of New Port Richey, left, and Dominic McGhee, 20, of Holiday, right, were arrested Friday after deputies said they marked down video games at Walmart and sold them to themselves and others. [Pasco County Sheriff’s Office]
Published May 21

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two Walmart clerks are accused of defrauding their store out of about $5,000 by marking video games down to $1 and reselling them at a higher price, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Seth Lulow, 19, of New Port Richey and Dominic McGhee, 20, of Holiday were arrested Friday.

They each face charges of scheming to defraud, and Lulow faces additional charges of dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership.

The two men were part of a four-person scheme to defraud the Walmart Supercenter at 8745 State Road 54, deputies said.

Two other suspects had not yet been arrested as of Monday. The Sheriff's Office declined to say whether they work at Walmart.

Security cameras caught Lulow marking down games on eight occasions between April 1 and April 23, deputies said.

He would change the prices in a back room and later buy them at a self-checkout station, deputies said.

After his arrest, Lulow told deputies he marked the games at $1, bought them and sold them to local game shops, according to an arrest report.

Deputies said Lulow stole almost $3,800 from the store.

McGhee appeared in the security footage too, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He met with Lulow at least twice to choose games to discount, deputies said.

On one occasion, McGhee met Lulow and another person and brought a box of marked-down games to a checkout register, where they sold them to each other, deputies said.

On another occasion, McGhee marked down 22 items and sold them to his friends, deputies said.

He stole a total of $771, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Lulow was being held Monday on $87,500 bail. McGhee was released after posting $5,000 bail.

Contact Justin Trombly at jtrombly@tampabay.com. Follow @JustinTrombly.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor appears at a September forum on the Equal Rights Amendment at the Centre Club of Tampa. Her first budget was unanimously approved 7-0 by City Council. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Octavio Jones
    The mayor made some concessions in her $1.04 billion budget, especially to council member Orlando Gudes’ demands for East Tampa.
  2. Less than a month after being fired, former St. Petersburg Housing Authority CEO Tony Love wants the agency to give him a job running its development nonprofit at the same $157,000 salary. That offer, part of ongoing negotiations over his severance, was rejected by the agency's board.
    Tony Love’s attorney tells the agency that fired him he wants full salary and benefits through 2020. The board rejects his offer.
  3. John Jonchuck returned to a Pinellas County courtroom last month to attend a hearing about whether he was entitled to a new trial. A judge on Tuesday ruled that he is not. SCOTT KEELER  |   Times
    Jonchuck was convicted of first-degree murder in April. He dropped his 5-year-old daughter, Phoebe Jonchuck, off a bridge in 2015.
  4. Ralph Lewis Wald and wife Johnna Lynn Flores leave the Orient Road Jail on May 30, 2013, after Wald was acquitted in the fatal shooting of his wife's lover. [TIMES (2013)]  |  Tampa Bay Times
    An unidentified woman is found dead at their Brandon house. At the same time, the medical examiner confirms the wife has died.
  5. The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County identified a positive case of hepatitis A in a food service worker at Hamburger Mary's in Ybor City on Oct. 22, 2018. [JOSH FIALLO | Times] JOSH FIALLO | TIMES  |  JOSH FIALLO | Times
    Slightly more than 200,000 people have been vaccinated this year — a huge jump from the 49,324 people vaccinated in all of 2018.
  6. This satellite image shows Hurricane Michael on Oct. 9, 2018, as it enters the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall near Mexico Beach in the Panhandle as a Category 5 storm. [Photo courtesy of NOAA] NOAA
    Nearly a year after the storm, 18,000 claims are still open.
  7. Falo Kane, 32, of Clearwater, faces four counts of sexual battery of a physically helpless person and a violation of probation charge, according to police. [CLEARWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT]  |  Clearwater Police Department
    There were four victims, police said. One was in a wheelchair and another was a disabled stroke patient. The accused wrote a letter of apology.
  8. An eighth-grade boy can be seen punching a seventh-grader in a locker room in this screenshot from a video taken inside a Polk County middle school. Twitter
    A black student was slammed to the floor and punched repeatedly by a white classmate following a physical education class last week at Blake Academy in Lakeland.
  9. Workers refuel the tank at a gas station in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump declared Monday that it "looks" like Iran was behind the explosive attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities. He stressed that military retaliation was not yet on the table in response to the strike against a key U.S. Mideast ally. AMR NABIL  |  AP
    Even before Tuesday’s reversal in prices, economists downplayed the prospect that the price spike could send the economy reeling.
  10. Watermans Crossing apartments at 4515 N. Rome Avenue in Tampa. Westside Capital Group
    Jakub Hejl discovered the Tampa Bay area while studying at IMG Academy.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement