updated 5:39 PM UTC, Jun 5, 2020

Two arrested for attempted Walmart scam

by Emily Waldrep

Two people were arrested at the Woodville Walmart after attempting to pull off a well-known scam involving other customers' purchase receipts.

Woodville Police Officer Mike McCulley said that an off duty officer, Sergeant Hicks, was at Woodville Walmart when he saw a female subject in the parking lot area acting suspicious. She was seen walking in the lot and picking up merchandise receipts lying on the ground that other customers either dropped or threw away. The woman would then take those receipts, enter the store and attempt to turn in the receipts for refunds with merchandise off the shelves.

"She did not realize that the off duty officer was watching her," McCulley said. "He continued to observe her outside picking up receipts, along with a male subject that was with her that was seen going into the store."

McCulley said that the male subject left the store and entered a blue Ford pickup next to the garden center.

Hicks radioed for Officer Parton to come assist, and upon his arrival, he met with Hicks at the entrance of the store. At that time, the female was detained and identified as Brittany Nicole Williford, age 23, of Colmesneil. Officer Parton confronted Williford regarding the scam and she admitted her intentions were in fact to get money from the fraudulent receipts.

Williford was placed under arrest for Class C Attempted Theft.

The male subject who was with Williford was also detained and identified as Joshua Mullins, age 24, of Beaumont. Mullins denied any knowledge of Williford's intentions, but the two were together when they arrived at the store.

Hicks and Parton then noticed that Mullins had a syringe in his hand and attempted to detain him for possession of drug paraphernalia. Mullins resisted arrest and a short struggle ensued, but he was later secured and the syringe was found under the seat of the car. The syringe was later tested positive for heroin residue.

Mullins also had two warrants out of Jefferson County. He was arrested and charged for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, resisting arrest or search and the prior warrants.

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