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Scammer Used Play-Doh Barcode to Purchase Items

A Hull woman used a .55 cents Play-Doh barcode to purchase 32 items at Target in Athens on Tuesday in order to obtain merchandise valued at more than $500, according to Athens-Clarke police. As a result, 28-year-old Regina Marie Williams, was charged with felony shoplifting.

Police were called to the department store shortly after 8 a.m. when a loss prevention officer spotted Williams and became suspicious due to her prior behavior in the store, according to the report. The loss prevention officer took the license plate number on the suspect’s vehicle and provided it to police detective Nate Franco, who arrived on scene, according to the report.

Franco joined the officer at a security room video monitor to observe the suspect, and one employee reported he could see a barcode on the suspect’s hand, police said. The video appeared to show the woman scanning her hand rather than the merchandise, police said.

When Williams left the store, Franco approached her asking to see her receipt, which showed she had purchased $86.04 worth of items. Franco was able to determine that the Play-Doh barcode was scanned 32 times, and while she paid for about $68 in merchandise, the items in her cart amounted to more than $500, the report shows. There was no Play-Doh among the items, police said…  Athens Banner-Herald

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