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Walmart cashier accused of embezzling from Rock Hill store

Anna Douglas
adouglas@heraldonline.com
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Wilber Staton

ROCK HILL A Rock Hill Walmart cashier was arrested Tuesday after store management caught him giving away more than $1,000 worth of merchandise by not ringing up all of a woman's items during check out.

Police have charged Wilber Staton, 47, of Rock Hill with embezzlement, according to police documents.

Staton is accused of giving away the merchandise during at least two sales transactions earlier this month at the Dave Lyle Boulevard store.

On Feb. 2, video surveillance footage shows Staton tell a female customer "I got you" and then he "would ring up one item and place several items in a shopping bag," a Rock Hill police report states.

During that transaction, police say the woman should have been charged nearly $1,200 for the items in her cart. Staton failed to ring up some of her purchases, according to the report, which included nearly $600 worth of clothes, $25 in food, $112 in DVDs and an assortment of other items such as baby items, health care products and batteries.

The report does not state how much money the customer actually paid during the Feb. 2 transaction.

Four days later, police say Staton used the same routine to give away nearly $220 worth of store merchandise, according to a report.

Video surveillance footage shows Staton accepted $40 from a female customer when she should have paid for nearly $265 worth of food, the report states. Police say the woman was the same customer from the Feb. 2 transaction.

The woman's identity is not given in the report and it's unclear whether she faces criminal charges.

Walmart reported Staton on Monday, and a Rock Hill officer met with store management to review video footage. After an investigation, Staton was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He is charged with two counts of embezzlement of public funds.

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