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Two people in Jackson County face petit theft charges

Incident occurred at a retail store Sunday
Retail Theft
Posted at 5:20 PM, Dec 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 17:20:05-05

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office charged two people with theft from a Dec. 26 incident.

According to a news release, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) responded to Wal-Mart in reference to the report of a theft.

Upon arrival, a deputy met with the Asset Protection Associate, who stated two subjects attempted to steal $559.86 worth of merchandise.

The associate advised that the subjects, identified as Cheyenne Nichols and Cassie Brooks, used two shopping carts throughout their time in the store and were observed removing barcodes.

They were also observed concealing merchandise inside their diaper bag. Nichols and Brooks continued to move throughout the store gathering items in their carts.

Upon arrival at self-checkout, the two began scanning items and sorting other items into the second cart.

Nichols staged the unscanned items at the front of the cart in a pile. After paying for the scanned items, Brooks placed unused shopping bags on top of the unscanned items, then placed bags of their scanned items on top.

After paying for the scanned items, Nichols and Brooks began to exit the store, crossing the final point of sale.

The Asset Protection Associate confronted both subjects at the front exit, identified himself, and asked them to step into the asset protection office.

Immediately upon entering the asset protection office, Nichols spontaneously stated she placed all the unscanned items into the separate cart with the intention of leaving the cart with an associate because she changed her decision to purchase them.

Nichols further stated she and Brooks just did not pay attention and took that cart by accident.

Nichols and Brooks offered no explanation for placing unused bags on top of the items along with bags of paid-for items. Nichols and Brooks were questioned about having incorrect barcode stickers on some items, and they denied knowledge of this fact.

Cheyenne Nichols and Cassie Brooks were both charged with petit theft and were taken into custody without incident.