A trip to Walmart landed a 24-year-old West Palm Beach woman in jail this week after authorities alleged that she stole $50.98 worth of perfume and light bulbs and later used a fake name to identify herself.
Tiffany Webb was arrested Tuesday on charges of retail theft and giving a false name to a law-enforcement officer. She was released Wednesday from the Palm Beach County Jail under court-ordered supervision.
Webb was shopping in the Walmart on Congress Avenue between Northlake and Blue Heron boulevards onTuesday evening when a store loss-prevention officer saw with an empty purse in her shopping basket, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report said.
The store officer alleged that Webb selected two perfume gift boxes, walked over the home goods department and selected drapes to put over her purse. Webb allegedly then picked up a pair of light bulbs and hid them in her purse.
She also put the perfume in the purse and then met a friend who was making purchases in the garden department, the arrest report said.
She walked out of the store and past all points of purchase without trying to pay for the merchandise, the report said.
The store officer identified himself to Webb and then escorted her to the loss-prevention office.
A sheriff’s deputy who was working an off-duty detail responded to the office. Instead of using her real name, Webb identified herself by giving her friend’s name to the deputy, the report said.
The deputy later learned Webb’s real name and charged her for providing the false name.