PASCO, Wash. - A loss prevention officer says he caught a Department of Corrections officer trying shoplift at Walmart 45 different times over the course of the summer.
The corrections officer had once been a loss prevention officer at said Walmart before getting a job with the DOC in 2015.
George Smalling, 39, even wore his DOC uniform to the store to pick up a few things between June and August. They were never big items – the total value adding up to less than $400, police said.
The investigation into these alleged petty crimes started in mid-August, when the Walmart loss prevention officer confronted Smalling in his DOC uniform on. That day, he left the store without having to chat with police.
Also on that day, the loss prevention officer started going surveillance video and noticed something suspicious.
He compared the video against the transactions recorded by the scanner and found that Smalling had been scanning one item, then passing several other things over the bar code reader without scanning. He would then pay for the first item and walk out of the store, police said.
The loss prevention officer presented his evidence to police on Thursday including copies of surveillance video, register transactions and a narrative written report.
Smalling was in handcuffs the next day on Sept. 29.
He was booked into Franklin County Jail on five counts of shoplifting. Five counts was recommended by the city prosecutor to move toward prosecution more quickly. More counts will likely be added later.