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ADOBE STOCK IMAGE This gentleman is presumably shoplifting some lettuce.

A man and woman in their 50s were shopping at a big-box store in DeLand, and when they got to self-checkout, the woman “stacked numerous items on top of each other and failed to scan them.” She put some of the items in the big-box store’s bags, and the man with her took some items from her and put them in the store’s bags.

“[T]hey paid for the items they actually scanned” and headed to the exit.

When these selective shoppers reached the vestibule, a store employee stopped the couple and took them to the asset-protection office.

The employee performed an inventory on the various articles the couple had tried to leave with. He concluded that there were 53 items, with a total value of $364.93, that the couple failed to scan or pay for. These included goods taken from the grocery area of the store (probably necessities for survival) and also DVDs and other electronics (OK, not quite as necessary — but it is fun to watch DVDs after you’ve eaten your shoplifted food).

The couple were arrested on a charge of retail theft.

Strange how technology and watchful human eyes can foil the no-scan shoplifting scheme.

— By Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-277- TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.

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