ERWIN — Two North Carolina women were arrested earlier this week for their alleged connection in the theft of video games from the Unicoi Walmart store in late September.
Arrested were Tracie Kate White, 33, and Odessa Monique Jackson, 28. Jackson and White were each charged with theft over $1,000 and one count of identity theft.
According to an affidavit of complaint from the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, three women were observed on surveillance video picking out merchandise and placing it into a plastic container in their shopping cart. These items included 16 video games and a video game system, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit states the women covered the plastic container with a blanket to conceal these items and left through the front door without paying for them. Walmart said the total value of those items is $1,162.06, according to the UCSD.
While the women were in the store, there were two returns made to Walmart for cash reimbursement, each time using the identification of another person, according to the UCSD. The affidavit also states a rental car rented out of Asheville, N.C., under a man’s name was driven by the three females.
UCSD investigators said they received a call from an officer with the Pineville, N.C., Police Department. The officer advised that he had just arrested two women after observing them commit a crime similar to the one carried out at the Unicoi Walmart, according to UCSD officials.
The rental car driven by White and Jackson at the time of their arrest was rented by the same man who had rented the car involved in the Unicoi Walmart theft, according to the UCSD. Officials said that photographs obtained of White and Jackson following their North Carolina arrest confirmed they were two of the women involved in the Walmart theft.