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Blotter: Wal-Mart Employees Face Retail Theft Charges for 'Under Ringing' Items

The following arrest information was supplied by the St. Charles Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Police have arrested two Wal-Mart employees for allegedly not ringing items during checkout. Devonda L. Patterson, 24, of 624 N. Lincoln Ave., Geneva, was arrested on Jan. 12 for retail theft, according to . An employee at the store, located at 150 Smith Rd., told police they video taped Patteron scanning several bottles of alcohol and beer, lotion, hairbrushes, perfume and clothing, totalling $360.01. She then accepted $13.11 in payment for the transaction.

A second employee, Olga Maria Pena, 20, of 614 S. Neltnor Blvd., West Chicago, also was arrested for retail theft on Jan. 12, according to police. Police allege she was "under ringing" items—$202.54 in makeup, baby formula, perfume and other cosmetics—and paid a total of only $2.54.

An employee told police that eight employees in total at Wal-Mart were under investigation for theft.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity in our town, using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime, or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member is charged with a crime or cited for a violation, and the charge or citation are subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify Nick Swedberg at St. Charles Patch and we will do follow-up reporting on the case. For questions, email nicks@patch.com.

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