Woman scams Indiana Walmart out of $3,100

AURORA, Ind. - The search is on for a woman who allegedly used inside knowledge to scam an eastern Indiana Walmart out of nearly $3,100.

The incident took place just before 8:45 p.m. on April 24 at the super center on Sycamore Estates Drive in Aurora, Indiana.

Local police say the suspect, who described herself as a former Walmart employee, targeted an employee she believed was new, distracted him by engaging him in conversation and proceeded to make six fraudulent purchases totaling $3,082.16.

"After the cashier completed scanning the merchandise for the first transaction, the unidentified female proceeded to swipe her credit or debit card through the card reading device and then hit the 'cancel' button," according to a statement from the police department. 

"The unidentified female then told the cashier to hit the 'cash' button on the register twice which prompted the register to open as if the exact cash amount was given."

Police officials say the suspect then used the same method to complete five additional transactions, each for $484.94 worth of various gift cards.

No form of payment was rendered for any of the above transactions.

Surveillance images from the store are available in the media player above.

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