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Walmart employees charged with retail theft

Created: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 2:37 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – Employees of a St. Charles retailer accused of undercharging family, friends or themselves for merchandise are expected in Kane County Branch Court next month on a charge of retail theft, according to St. Charles Police Department reports.

A loss-prevention officer for Walmart, 150 Smith Road, told police on Jan. 12 that eight employees were under investigation for theft. In most cases, police reported, cashiers were under-ringing merchandise for people they knew, including themselves.

Two such employees were arrested Jan. 12.

Devonda L. Patterson, 24, of the 600 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Geneva, reportedly rang up 18 items valued at $360.01 on Jan. 7 but only charged the customer $13.11, The customer paid with an EBT food stamps credit card. Also on Jan. 7, Olga Maria Pena, 20, of the 600 block of Neltnor Boulevard, West Chicago, reportedly rang up 13 items valued at $202.54 but only paid $2.54 with a credit card. Both women were charged under the local ordinance and posted the $50 processing fee assessed by the city, police reported.

They are expected in Kane County Branch Court on Feb. 9.

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