A not-sneaky-enough Florida thief was busted walking out of a Walmart with $1,000 in stolen merch — after pretending to ring it up at a self-checkout by repeatedly scanning a 24-cent Kool-Aid packet he’d palmed, local authorities said.
Bradley D. Young, 37, was inside the store’s North Naples location Sunday evening when he scanned the Kool-Aid packets and some other small items totaling $24.44 — for merchandise actually valued at $994.13 — catching the attention of a store loss prevention officer, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.
The officer told deputies she recognized Young from an August shoplifting attempt — so she followed him around the store, according to police.
Young allegedly also removed two items — a soda and a fan — from a shelf and brought them to customer service where he received a $9.48 refund after showing a cell phone photo of a receipt.
He walked out of the store with a cart-full of unpaid items, including a scooter valued at $248, a dual navigation system for nearly $120 and $160 worth of batteries, authorities said.
Deputies arrived on scene and took him into custody. He was charged with grand theft and shoplifting, police said.
Young, of North Naples, is a convicted felon out of Ohio, authorities said, citing records.