Cops: Employees Caught Stealing from Target

Target employees caught on covert surveillance camera allegedly tampering with store price tags and voiding merchandise on cash register, police say.


Two Chicago women employed by an Oak Lawn big box store were charged with theft after both were observed on video stealing and under ringing merchandise, reports said.

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Gweneth J. Wilson, 21, and Sommer J. Jones, 19, both were charged with theft under $300.

were called to Target at 4120 W. 95th St. at 5:32 p.m. August 9, where both women were being detained by store security.

According to the report, an internal investigation on Wilson began July 31, when she was spotted on a covert camera placed in a staging area selecting assorted clothing from the women’s department.

Police said Wilson entered the fitting room with the clothing while Jones stood outside the door. Wilson emerged from the fitting room and went to the staging area where she separated the merchandise into two piles.

Later in the evening, Wilson went back to the staging area and grabbed one of the piles of clothing and placed a teal shirt that she had previously purchased and a store receipt on top of the bag, the report said.

Soon after Wilson left the staging area, a store team leader examined the contents of the bag. Police said the store team leader noted that the price tags on some of the garments had been torn in half.

At 11:56 p.m., Wilson was observed picking up the bag and her purse before heading to punch out, reports said. Wilson and Jones are seen leaving the building with Wilson carrying the bag with $83 worth of allegedly stolen merchandise.

Another live surveillance sting was set up several days later. Police said that at 8:02 p.m. August 8, Wilson approached the front cash registers pushing a shopping cart with assorted merchandise. Even though there were cashiers with shorter lines, police said that Wilson waited in Jones’ line for several minutes.

According to the report, Jones rang up 13 items for Wilson and placed them into a bag. Police said that Jones rang up an additional eight items for Wilson, but performed a line voice for each item.

After placing the items in Wilson’s bag, Wilson exited the store carrying the voided items totaling $83.96, police said.

Both women are due back in court on August 28.

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Sheldon Cooper August 13, 2012 at 03:16 PM
You don't just 'appear' to be prejudiced; you are prejudiced. I read the police blotters and listen to the police scanner. There's plenty of out-of-work (and employed) Oak Lawn kids up to no good. And not just 'kids', for that matter. Oak Lawn is not some magical kind of zone where none of the law-breakers are locals.
OakLawnGuy August 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Sheldon you completely missed the point. I'm familiar with the Oak Lawn "trespassers", I read the blotters. My post was directed to CJM. The fact is, if they hire Oak Lawn applicants the hires are few and far between.
Sheldon Cooper August 13, 2012 at 05:26 PM
"At the risk of appearing prejudiced" "I suppose there are EOE laws they have to follow" Nah. I think I got your point.
OakLawnGuy August 13, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Go with what you want, and good luck.
iMan9796 October 10, 2013 at 11:01 PM
This same disgusting thievery is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal's Lost & Found Dept. in NYC by PABT Supervisors. Google  “Donna Lebourne abc news" & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed.  http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9105280 Port Authority Supervisor Donna Lebourne has an outside job, she is the Vice President of her & her husband’s charity Caribbean Sports International that donates cellphones & other electronics.  If you lost an item at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and did not get it back, contact her charity, perhaps she may donate your item back to you out of the kindness of her evil heart. It's very easy to be charitable when you are giving away other peoples' property. http://www.corporationwiki.com/New-Jersey/Maplewood/caribbean-sports-international/85267222.aspx The Port Authority allows these crimes by their supervisors & their enablers to go unpunished. The Port Authority also has an illegal policy of throwing lost valid passports found at the PABT in the garbage, for anyone to find & use for their own nefarious purposes. The Port Authority’s illegal passport policy is criminally insane in this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft, This is an act of treason against the United States of America. The Port Authority has become an imminent threat to national security. Google “Port Authority - passports” & “found, stolen, trashed by PA”  http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9277998 http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_trashed_by_pa_V4RMICgPyy2bhAVzDkW9EL  No one should be above the law no matter who they are and who they work for.


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