Police: Woman stole TV from Lake Wylie Walmart, then tried to exchange it

A woman with three children who walked out of a Lake Wylie Walmart store on S.C. 274 with a $278 flat-screen television returned an hour later and tried to exchange it, according to a sheriff’s office report.

A store employee told a York County sheriff’s deputy that the woman came into the store around 4:20 p.m. Thursday and put the 40-inch television in a shopping cart.

The suspect removed the electronic loss-prevention device from the television, according to the sheriff’s office report. A store video showed the suspect then walked out the front door with the television in her cart, bypassing all the cashiers, the report said.

About an hour later, the woman returned to the store.

The woman told a store associate that she wanted to exchange a television she had purchased earlier in the day because it did not work, the report said. The employee got another television of the same brand to prepare for the exchange.

The suspect told a store employee she did not have a receipt for the purchase. She returned to her car to get the television, but an employee could not find a record of the transaction, the report said. Store management could not find any video of the woman purchasing the television.

The woman left the store around 6:30 p.m., leaving both televisions at the counter, the report said.

An employee told a deputy he believed the woman was trying to get a receipt for the exchange so she could take the television to another store and return it for cash, the report said.

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077