Woman ‘caught trying to buy £1,400 worth of electronic goods for £3 at self-service checkout’ in barcode scam

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Cheyenne Amber West was allegedly caught trying to pay £3 for a haul of electronic goods (Indian River County Jail)

A woman in Florida was allegedly caught trying to pay just £2.80 for a haul of electronic goods worth £1,400 in an epic barcode scam.

Cheyenne Amber West, 25, was arrested along with a friend after they replaced the barcodes on a stash of goods, including video game controllers and a laptop, according to police.

The pair, who were in a branch of Walmart, are said to have taken their items to the clearance section of the store, where they took them out of their packaging.

The 25-year-old has been charged with felony grand theft and shoplifting (Indian River County Jail)

They then allegedly put reduced price stickers on them and took them to the self-service checkout in a bid to avoid any challenges by staff.

The tally of the scammed goods came to $3.70 (£2.80) – a far cry from the actual total cos of $1,825.20 (£1,400).

It was only when a security officer noticed what the pair were doing that they were caught.

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West apparently told officers: “The computer is for my husband. Since he just got me a Coach purse, I figured he deserved something nice as well.”

She has now been charged with felony grand theft and shoplifting and is due in court in December.