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Dalton woman arrested after shoplifting from Walmart Wednesday, admits to skip scanning items

According to a Dalton Police Department incident report on Wednesday, January 08, 2020, at approximately 4:02 PM, a Dalton Police officer responded Wal-mart located at 815 Shugart Road, in reference to a shoplifting. The LP Associate advised the female in the loss prevention office, later identified as Melissa Warnix, 51, of Dalton, stole items from Wal-mart. The associate provided the officer with two receipts, one for items that Warnix purchased, and the other receipt was for items she stole. The associate showed the officer security footage of Warnix checking out at a self check out register. The officer reported that he observed Warnix scanning several items, and in between scanning items, she placed several items in her cart that she did not scan. He also observed in the video Warnix taking the time to place items together but only scanning one of the items. The officer then introduced himself to Warnix, where she advised she did not steal anything. The officer then asked Warnix the reasoning for placing items together and only scanning one tag. Warnix explained it was a mistake, and she thought she scanned both tags. The officer explained to Warnix that she did this several times on camera and that it did not make sense for that to happen by accident. The officer explained to Warnix that he would give her one more opportunity, to be honest with him and that he would notate it in his official arrest report. Warnix then admitted to the officer the theft. Warnix advised she did not go to Wal-mart with the intention to steal and that it just happened. Warnix advised she could pay for the items, but the officer explained to Warnix that paying for the stolen items was no longer an option. Warnix was then trespassed from all Wal-mart properties. The officer placed the items she bought from Wal-mart in her vehicle. Warnix was transported to the Whitfield County Jail charged with shoplifting. The items stolen ranged from two shirts for $20, women's boots $25, and jeggings $15.