Originally Published: January 6, 2011 9:55 p.m.
After shopping, do you keep your receipts for a while or just toss them immediately?
If you throw them out in the vicinity of a store, you could be aiding would-be perpetrators of fraud.
A manager at the Walmart on Highway 69 called police to report two people she suspected of finding discarded receipts, stealing merchandise listed on the receipts and returning the merchandise the next day for cash.
Prescott police arrested a husband and wife the day after Christmas on charges of felony shoplifting at the Walmart after they were allegedly caught leaving the store with more than $92 worth of items they had not paid for.
Officers booked Richard Keith Fisher, 37, and Erica Leehan, 36, both of Prescott, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of felony shoplifting and organized retail theft.
Around 4 p.m., a Walmart manager detained the couple as they prepared to leave The manager told officers she had watched Fisher and Leehan every time they came into the store, after employees told her that they returned items on a daily basis. The couple had allegedly returned so much merchandise that their names had been locked out of the system, and the only way they could return anything was by manager's approval, according to the police report.
The manager said Fisher and Leehan each came in a separate entrance with white plastic Walmart bags and had the greeters put stickers on the bags, indicating merchandise brought in to be returned, according to the police report.
The manager said she followed the couple through the store as they put items into the Walmart bags and bought a bottle of Coke at the self-checkout register, but allegedly didn't pay for the items in the bags. She then followed them out of the store and apprehended them.
The items were returned to the store after officers interviewed and arrested Fisher and Leehan.
When the officers took Fisher and Leehan to the police department for booking, they found three Walmart receipts in Fisher's property and two receipts in Leehan's wallet with items crossed out that appeared to have been returned.