2 women arrested for allegedly stealing groceries from Kroger

Photos courtesy: Bibb County Sheriff's Office

MACON, Ga. -- Two women have been arrested for reportedly stealing hundreds of dollars worth of groceries from a Macon Kroger.

A Bibb County Sheriff's Office report says that loss prevention at the Kroger located at 4650 Forsyth Rd. told deputies that management there got a tip about two employees voiding out transactions on their registers.

Starting on April 3, 2018, surveillance footage shows 21-year-old Tarisha Howard voiding out scanned items and pretending to scan other items while keeping her hand over the bar codes. The store's loss prevention employee reportedly told deputies that these items were bagged and that the associate left without paying for them.

The report says that on April 3, Howard can be seen on camera returning to the store and going up to 23-year-old Janae Lewis's register with a shopping cart full of groceries, some of which had already been bagged. Howard allegedly only had a few items scanned and then left the store paying $3.18 for a transaction that caused an estimated loss of $100.

On April 10, 2018, surveillance footage reportedly shows Howard going up to Lewis's register with a shopping cart full of groceries before Howard can be seen taking around three packs of cigarettes from the cigarette section. The report says that a few items were scanned, although Lewis covered some of the bar codes on other items with her hand. The loss on this incident was reported to be around $16 while $4.51 had been paid and the cigarettes were allegedly not scanned.

According to the report, Howard can be seen on camera going back to Lewis's register later on that same day with some groceries and only getting a few items scanned. Lewis reportedly covered some of the bar codes with her hand to avoid scanning the items while she voided other items that had been scanned. The loss prevention employee told the deputy that $3.40 was paid for everything but that the loss was estimated to be around $50.

Howard left after this transaction but allegedly returned to Lewis's register with a full shopping cart. Surveillance footage shows that a few items were scanned while other groceries that had already been bagged weren't scanned, and some items were voided off the transaction. The loss on this incident was reportedly around $300, while Howard paid $7.76 for the groceries.

According to the report, the deputy met with Janae Lewis when she got to work, put her into custody and took her to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center. Both Lewis and Tarisha Howard have been charged with theft by taking.

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