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Crime & Courts

Walmart worker swindled store, Pinellas Park police say

BY JOSÉ PATIÑO GIRONA
Tribune staff

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— A Walmart employee was arrested Thursday for selling expensive electronics to friends at a discount price, the Pinellas Park Police Department said.

Kevin Rious, 24, was charged with grant theft of over $20,000 and less than $100,000. He remains in the Pinellas County Jail, police said.

According to police, Rious, who worked in the Walmart electronics department, sold electronic items to several people at Walmart.

Rious had an agreement where the person would contact him, and they would tell him what they wanted from Walmart’s electronics department. Rious would set the items aside, and he would ring them up when they came to the store.

But he charged them a discount price.

Walmart lost a total of $23,263 in the scheme that started May 7 and ended on Wednesday. Rious operated the scheme 24 times.

One associate of Rious was James Lall, who bought more than $13,000 of electronic items at a reduced rate from Rious, police said.

On Wednesday night, Lall texted Rious with the items he wanted set aside, police said. Lall then went to the store to buy the items.

The items cost a total of $3,000. But with Rious’ markdown, he charged Lall $500, police said. Later, Lall paid Rious for getting him the electronic items at a cheaper price, police said.

When Lall was arrested, he was found in possession of a firearm, stun gun and narcotics. Lall, 26, was charged with scheme to defraud, possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of heroin and possession of oxycodone, police said.

Both men remain in the Pinellas County Jail, according to police.

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