Woman Tries To Steal Vacuum From Vero Beach Walmart

Vero Beach Walmart catches woman trying to use old receipt to steal Dyson vacuum.
Vero Beach Walmart catches woman trying to use old receipt to steal Dyson vacuum.

VERO BEACH – The Walmart store in Vero Beach notified the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office about a woman stealing a vacuum and other merchandise.

Paula Mays, 38, was seen placing a Dyson vacuum in her cart. Walmart security recognized Mays from a previous incident and continued to watch her via surveillance, according to the sheriff’s report.

At the self-checkout, Mays paid for a bag of chips but never made any attempt to purchase the Dyson. Mays then placed an old receipt on the Dyson and exited the store.

Security stopped Mays once she exited all points of sale and was escorted back to loss and prevention. A security officer recovered more merchandise from the bag that was stolen.

When the deputy questioned Mays, she said “just get it over with and take me to jail,” the report said. Mays then stated she wanted a layer.

The following merchandise was recovered, totaling $185.15.

  • Dyson Vacuum
  • Dove body wash
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Cover girl makeup
  • Nail products
  • Gators cooler bag

Although the deputy stopped all questioning after Mays had stated she wanted a lawyer, she continued to say she took the vacuum and merchandise and “just wanted to go to jail.”

Mays was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail where she was charged with shoplifting.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.