Many PD plans to post pics of EBT glitch theft suspects online - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Many PD plans to post pics of EBT glitch theft suspects online

This image was posted on the Many Police Department's Facebook page on Monday, with an update saying they are awaiting "enhanced photos of the suspects" in the thefts that took place on Saturday, October 12 at the Many Walmart. This image was posted on the Many Police Department's Facebook page on Monday, with an update saying they are awaiting "enhanced photos of the suspects" in the thefts that took place on Saturday, October 12 at the Many Walmart.
Cell phone video from inside the Springhill, LA Walmart on Oct. 12 showed crowds loading up on carts full of food. Cell phone video from inside the Springhill, LA Walmart on Oct. 12 showed crowds loading up on carts full of food.
A photo taken by a customer inside the Springhill Walmart store after the shopping frenzy October 12 shows carts overflowing with food, reportedly left abandoned after balances started showing up again on customers' EBT cards. A photo taken by a customer inside the Springhill Walmart store after the shopping frenzy October 12 shows carts overflowing with food, reportedly left abandoned after balances started showing up again on customers' EBT cards.
  • Inside KAIT8.comMore>>

  • Not all EBT card users joined in on "limitless" Walmart shopping spree

    Not all EBT card users joined in on "limitless" Walmart shopping spree

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 10:59 PM EDT2016-06-22 02:59:07 GMT
    When a wild shopping spree fueled by what appeared to be "limitless" Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards ensued at two Louisiana Walmarts, not everyone who receive food stamp benefits joined in. In
    When a wild shopping spree fueled by what appeared to be "limitless" Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards ensued at two Louisiana Walmarts, not everyone who receive food stamp benefits joined in.
  • Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch

    Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-30 20:40:39 GMT
    Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.
    Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.
  • EBT cards: The great debate

    EBT cards: The great debate

    When situations like Saturday's food stamp system malfunction take place, it sheds light on a program that has many Americans divided on the effectiveness of the program.
    When situations like Saturday's food stamp system malfunction take place, it sheds light on a program that has many Americans divided on the effectiveness of the program.
  • DCFS: No fraud in EBT shopping frenzy

    DCFS: No fraud in EBT shopping frenzy

    Wednesday, October 30 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-30 20:40:39 GMT
    No plans are in place to prosecute shoppers who used EBT cards to buy excessive amounts of food during a food stamp system glitch on Saturday.
    No plans are in place to prosecute shoppers who used EBT cards to buy excessive amounts of food during a food stamp system glitch on Saturday.
MANY, LA (KSLA) -

Walmart shoppers in Many who may have taken advantage of last week's EBT glitch might soon find their faces posted online.

In addition to the mega-retailer's Springhill and Mansfield locations in Louisiana, the store in Many saw customers filling up carts with goods paid for on EBT cards that weren't showing limits. The glitch only lasted for about 2 hours on the night of October 12, but it was long enough to create chaos in stores that opted not to set an emergency limit for the EBT SNAP card holders.

According to the Many Police Department Facebook Page, "The MPD is still very active in the investigation of thefts that took place on Saturday October 12th at Wal-Mart involving losses because of malfunctioning EBT Card transactions and other thefts where customers simply left the store without paying for items."

According to retired police chief Dean Lambert, who runs the Many Police Department Facebook page, officers were called to the store around 8 p.m. on that night, after an assistant store manager reported that people were attempting to leave the store without paying for groceries when the EBT system would not work. At least one man reportedly made it out of the store without paying for a cart full of groceries, exiting through the garden department. He has not yet been identified.

Just as in Springhill and Mansfield, officers reported finding carts full of food abandoned in the aisles when they arrived. While that in itself is not a crime, leaving the store with goods without paying is. Those who loaded up on temporarily unlimited SNAP cards could face charges might be more difficult to prosecute, because the intent to defraud would have to be proven. Since the store allowed purchases on the EBT without setting a limit during the glitch, that could prove difficult.

In a post early Monday afternoon the administrator of the police department's page said, "We hope to have photos of many of these shoppers on our webpage before the end of the week so they can be identified."

Some shoppers have reportedly made restitution already, and their photos will not be displayed. But for those that haven't, it appears the Many Police Department is planning to move forward with attempting to identify those that have not come forward on their own. "We are working closely with Wal-Mart and are awaiting enhanced photos of the suspects."

Lambert says the surveillance footage from the store will be carefully reviewed, and only photos of those who can clearly be seen leaving the store without paying would be posted.

Those pictures could be posted as early as Thursday.

KSLA News 12 has requested information from Walmart in regard to how the glitch was handled and reports that teams were sent to local stores to investigate, but follow-up calls the company's corporate offices in Bentonville, AR have not been returned.

Copyright 2013 KSLA. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Sheriff's office a step closer to having mental health facility

    Sheriff's office a step closer to having mental health facility

    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:32 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:32:44 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:52:46 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    After years of trying to get a crisis stabilization unit in Craighead County, the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office is one step closer to making that a reality.

    After years of trying to get a crisis stabilization unit in Craighead County, the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office is one step closer to making that a reality.

  • Councilmember receives award

    Councilmember receives award

    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:09 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:09:46 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 10:19 PM EDT2017-06-23 02:19:19 GMT
    (Source: Bill Campbell)(Source: Bill Campbell)

    A Jonesboro city council member received an award at the Arkansas Municipal League’s 83rd convention.

    A Jonesboro city council member received an award at the Arkansas Municipal League’s 83rd convention.

  • Detectives testify in Tonisha Mitchell murder trial

    Detectives testify in Tonisha Mitchell murder trial

    Thursday, June 22 2017 9:14 PM EDT2017-06-23 01:14:11 GMT
    Thursday, June 22 2017 9:57 PM EDT2017-06-23 01:57:59 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The murder trial for Tonisha Mitchell continued Thursday.

    The murder trial for Tonisha Mitchell continued Thursday.

Powered by Frankly