Florida Woman Arrested for Alleged Theft of Groceries After Using Her Own Winn-Dixie Card

Sarah Howe

Sarah Howe, a resident of Marion County, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor retail theft following an alleged scheme to steal groceries valued at nearly $330 from a local Winn-Dixie store. The incident, which occurred on November 6, prompted a response from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

According to an arrest affidavit, deputies were called to the Winn-Dixie on East Highway 40 in Silver Springs on Tuesday regarding a theft that took place the previous day. The store manager reported that Howe, while checking out, claimed she needed to retrieve an additional item and requested to take the shopping cart for balance. However, she reportedly exited the store without completing the purchase, bypassing all payment points. The cashier noted that Howe’s total bill amounted to $328.34.

Investigators were able to identify Howe using her Winn-Dixie card information. A visit to her residence revealed that she had recently left for the store. Later that day, Howe was located at a Family Dollar store and subsequently arrested.

During a post-Miranda interview, Howe admitted to visiting Winn-Dixie on the day of the alleged theft and acknowledged leaving the store without paying for the items in her cart.

Howe is currently held at the Marion County Jail with a bond set at $500.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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