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Theft suspects use distraction at Walmart register in Cape Coral

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Posted at 2:26 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-04 14:26:14-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Police are working to identify two men who used distraction and a knowledge of the registers to execute retail theft in Cape Coral last month.

It happened February 21 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Skyline Boulevard in Cape Coral.

According to Cape Coral Police, the two suspects approached the register with two gift cards and instructed the cashier to load them with $495 each. Then while the cashier was waiting for payment from one suspect, the other suspect distracted her while the first suspect reached around the register and totaled it out without any payment made.

The cashier did not realize the transaction was processed while distracted and closed the drawer. The men left with the receipt and the cards.

The first suspect is a thin build black male, approximately between 5`7” - 5`11”, between 170 and 190 lbs. He was seen wearing a dark jacket with a wool collar, dark ball cap, black pants with a solid white stripe down the side and dark in color tennis shoes.

The second suspect is a medium build black male, approximately between 6`0” and 6-3”, between 200 -230 lbs. He is seen wearing dark shorts, navy blue or black long sleeve shirt and blue and white tennis shoes.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department at 239-574-3223. You can also submit an anonymous tip. Go to www.capecops.com/tips or text a tip- text CCPD+"Your Message" to CRIMES (274637). Finally, you can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS. Please use this Case Report # 19-003656.

Similar distraction-type thefts were reported at Walmarts last year in Charlotte County and in Lee County.