The retail giant Walmart's asset protection team on its surveillance video has captured an unidentified woman stealing roughly 100 iPads--worth of $57,000.
According to ABC News' Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate, WFAA:
"The "iThief" is tearing through North Texas, stealing dozens of tablets. The woman has hit 36 cities in North Texas, stealing iPads from 28 Wal-Mart stores and eight Target stores. She has stolen more than 100 iPads."
"She usually strikes in the early hours of the morning. Police say she does the same thing every time, leaving groceries at the counter and walking out of the store with two or three iPads. Her latest hit came last week at a Sherman Wal-Mart. The surveillance video shows how it happened," adds the article.
"For her to be successful in this number of thefts, she has discovered a way to beat the system," the police spokesman said.
The woman fills up a shopping cart with groceries. She then goes back to the electronics department and says she wants to buy three iPads. A worker then takes her to checkout.
"As they ring those iPads up, she takes that time to slip those iPads into a tote bag similar to a book bag," said Sgt. Bruce Dawsey, Sherman Police Department spokesman.
The cashier scans the iPads, and places them in a bag. As the cashier focuses on scanning items, the shoplifter places the iPads in the bag she brought into the store.
"She tells the clerk she needs to get the rest of the money," Dawsey said. "She goes outside and doesn't come back in," explains the WFAA article.
The video below shows how the Wally World thefts occur.