NWGA Scanner | April 25th, 2022
According to a Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, on April 13th, 2022 about 3:30 p.m., Deputy A. Gomez and Deputy A. Hall responded to the business of the Walmart Supercenter located at 2545 East Walnut Avenue to meet with Walmart’s Asset Protection Associate regarding a theft by shoplifting incident. As deputies arrived at the Walmart parking lot, they were met by a Walmart’s Associate who signaled to the deputies that the suspected shoplifter had just exited the Dollar Tree Store. The suspected shoplifter verbally identified herself as Dolores Vera Harrell, 65, of Dalton. Ms. Vera acknowledged that she had made purchases at Walmart and heard the associates complain of shoplifting, but she believed it was a computer register error and fled the store. According to the report, “Deputy A. Gomez evaluated Ms. Vera’s statement and Walmart’s complaint of shoplifting and decided to transport Ms. Vera to the Walmart’s Asset Protection office to proceed a further investigation of the incident evaluating the set of facts and circumstance to consider if a violation took place. The reporting parting on this incident Walmart’s Asset Protection Associate was in the performance of his duties, and he advised he observed the suspected shoplifter, Dolores Vera, at Self-Check-Out Register No. 8 conducting a scan of merchandise for her sale transaction. The associate witnessed Dolores Vera retrieve a price tag label from underneath her person’s shirt top clothing and used that price tag label by interchanging the price tag labels of other merchandise. This action caused the wrongful price amount to be paid and to be less in the price for the stated merchandise. These merchandise were placed into shopping bags in her possession. After Ms. Vera completed her sale transaction, she then proceeded and exited the store through the store’s grocery side doors without properly paying for the merchandise in her possession.” When the associate approached Ms. Vera, she proceeded to leave the store and leave the merchandise behind. The associate then collected all the involved stolen merchandise and inventoried the value of said merchandise totally $137.67. According to the report, ” The associate provided Deputy A. Gomez with a written incident report of the event, a copy of two receipts for Ms. Vera’s purchase and the amount of merchandise stolen in this event, and he allowed Deputy A. Gomez to witness Walmart’s surveillance camera footage of Ms. Vera’s shoplifting actions; the individual on the surveillance camera footage wore the identical clothing Ms. Vera had on her person. According to the report, “In the investigation of this event, Deputy A. Gomez considered the set of facts and circumstances and reasonably concluded that the violation of theft by shoplifting was committed by Ms. Vera.” Vera was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with shoplifting. It was later discovered that Ms. Vera’s full name is Maria De los Vera-Carillo; with an immediate inquiry, there was no criminal record on Ms. Vera-Carillo.