A former Walmart employee has been arrested and charged in connection with stealing from the cash register and under-ringing items purchased by her friends and family, according to Marple Township Police.
Wannie Bedell, 29, of Upper Darby, was charged with misdemeanor retail theft, theft by unlawful taking and retail theft-under-ringing, according to court documents.
Bedell stole about $1,819.91 from the Walmart, at 400 S. State Road in Springfield, according to Marple police.
Walmart staff notified Marple Township Police on Aug. 17 that they had an employee detained and wished to press charges against her.
Walmart staff told police they had investigated cash shortages from registers between July 27 and Aug. 16 and showed a total of 10 cash shortages ranging in amounts from $96.17 to $336.66 and totaling $1,819.91, according to police.
reviewing surveillance video, Walmart staff interviewed Bedell,
and she admitted to several thefts of cash and merchandise from the store, according to police.
admitted that on multiple occasions she under-rang family members, friends
and people from her church and failed to ring assorted merchandise for friends and family, according to police.
She also stated that she would give additional change to
these people that she knew which was more than the amount owed to the
customer, according to police.
Bedell estimated that she had under-rang about $500 in merchandise and also admitted to stealing cash from the register, according to police.
She said she took about $300 cash
in one day and estimated the total of the amount of cash stolen was $1,000, according to police.
Bedell admitted this in a verbal and written statement to Walmart staff and said she
committed the thefts to help her sick mother in Africa, according to police.
Bedell was charged, processed and
released and awaits a preliminary hearing.