Wal-Mart Shoplifting Suspect Facing Felony

A woman police said tried to steal merchandise from Wal-Mart Wednesday afternoon is facing charges.

Around 3:00pm, Smithfield Police were called to the North Brightleaf Boulevard business after loss prevention personnel reported the suspect began scanning products in the self-checkout lane.

Maria De Jesus Rivas Medrano, 36, of Old Grapevine Road, Kenly would allegedly scan products which cost less than the items she was placing in her shopping bag, as well as not scanning some of the items before placing them in the bag.

Medrano was arrested at the scene. She was charged with felony obtaining property by false pretenses and misdemeanor larceny. She was given a $5,000 bond. The merchandise, valued at $364.06, was recovered and returned to Wal-Mart.