Police arrested a Gaffney, S.C., man for allegedly switching price tags at the Shelby Walmart so he could buy a Blu-ray player for 37 cents.
Clayton Eric Collins, 34, took a price tag believed to be from a washcloth and put it on a Blu-ray player, according to a Shelby Police report. Collins was allegedly trying to pay for the Blu-ray player at the self-checkout counter when he couldn’t get the item to scan at a lower price.
The Blu-ray player is valued at $148.
The police report says an employee from Walmart’s loss prevention department stopped Collins at the front door of the store and took him to the office. A Shelby police officer arrived at the store and arrested Collins. He was charged with larceny by changing price tags, according to the Cleveland County jail website.
Walmart banned Collins from any store properties, the police report says.
A supplementary police report says once Collins was taken to the Cleveland County jail, a detention officer asked him if he had any drugs on his person. According to the report, after Collins heard the question he got a “deer-in-the-headlight look on his face.”
The officer searched Collins and found a baggie of marijuana inside Collins’ right sock. Police charged Collins with possession of drugs inside the jail.
Collins was booked in Cleveland County jail under a $6,000 secured bond for both charges.