Hewitt police are seeking help to identify two women accused in a Walmart gift card scheme in which they stole $2,000 from at least two Walmart locations on Jan. 18, Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said.
One woman walked into Walmart, 733 Sun Valley Blvd., on Jan. 18 and told a cashier that she was given permission from a manager to load $2,000 on a Walmart gift card. The cashier did not question the woman and loaded $2,000 onto the gift card and handed it to the woman, according to Devlin.
Devlin said the woman took the gift card and left the store without paying for it. The woman went to the parking lot and got into a red, four-door car before another woman got out of the car and walked into the store.
Within a minute, the second woman walked to the Walmart service desk and asked for $1,000 to be removed from the gift card. The service desk employee determined there was $2,000 on the card and completed the transaction, giving the second woman $1,000 in cash, Devlin said.
"The women got the gift card fraudulently and then the offense becomes a theft when they take the money off the card and leave the store," Devlin said.
The second suspect left the store and returned to the red car. Devlin said both women left the store with the cash and gift card that still had $1,000 on it.
Devlin said within an hour, Walmart employees discovered the scam and attempted to cancel the card. But the women were able to get the remaining balance off the card at another Walmart location, the police chief said.
The first suspect is described as a small woman with long hair and was wearing a black, long-sleeve shirt and red pants. The second suspect is described as small woman who was wearing a blue-and-white hoodie with the word "PINK," and khaki pants with red tennis shoes.
Devlin said it is unknown if the women are local residents or are from outside the area. Anyone with information about the two women is asked to contact the Hewitt Police Department at 666-6272.