A Perham woman has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony third-degree burglary and felony theft by swindle.
According to court records, on Dec. 21 a police officer was called to the Detroit Lakes Walmart on a report that Blair Ann Neyens, 27, had been systematically placing the barcodes of cheaper items on items of greater value before checking out.
She was arrested and the officer found dozens of small pieces of paper in her pocket. She said they were the sticky backs of bar codes that she had peeled off and stuck on merchandise. She had been banned from Walmart in October and admitted she knew she was trespassing.
According to the criminal complaint, Neyens is accused of having swindled $716 worth of merchandise on Dec. 17, $65 worth on Dec. 12, and $283 worth on Dec. 21, for a total of $1,065.
Neyens appeared in court Dec. 23 before District Judge Gretchen Thilmony, who set cash bail at $300 or bond at $3,000, with standard conditions of release, or bond at $15,000 with no conditions.