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Kmart employees charged with theft for “free bagging” for each other, customers

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Two female Kmart employees were arraigned Wednesday on charges of theft for not scanning some items during checkout for each other and other customers, allowing merchandise to be taken out of the store without purchase.

Sheena M. Fason, 31, of Jackson, and 24-year-old Charketa Woody, also of Jackson, were arraigned in Jackson City Court Wednesday morning on charges of theft over $1,000 for “free bagging,” as the crime they committed is called, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.

The women’s bonds were each set at $10,000, police said. As of Wednesday evening, Fason had been released on bond, but Woody remained in custody.

Fason and Woody are scheduled to have their preliminary hearings at 1:30 p.m. on April 17 in city court.

Police were called to Kmart, located at 732 Old Hickory Blvd., on Tuesday. When officers arrived, they learned that the store’s loss prevention personnel had detained Fason and Woody, who were employees.

Fason had stolen $1,573.21 by giving Woody and other customers merchandise that wasn't paid for, according to Kmart’s records.

The store’s records also showed that $1,258.60 was stolen by Woody for giving Fason and other customers merchandise that wasn't paid for.

The release said between March 1 and March 24, Fason and Woody had worked together on numerous occasions. Each women would purchase items when the other was working at the checkout counter. The woman working the counter would purposely not scan every item and the buyer would get items for free.

Both women were transported from Kmart to the Madison County Jail Tuesday evening.