Petra Ortiz

Petra Ortiz

A local woman who allegedly swapped labels at a retail store self-checkout was arrested and charged with theft, police say.

Petra Ortiz, 45, was arrested at 8:43 p.m. Saturday at Walmart, 2410 Dodson Ave., and charged with theft of property between $100 and $750, a Class B misdemeanor, according to a Del Rio Police Department report.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Antonio “Tony” Faz, III set Ortiz’s bond at $1,000, according to documents on file with the magistrate’s office.

Officer Nadine Terrazas took Ortiz, 5801 E. U.S. Highway 90, into custody after the store’s loss prevention employees reportedly caught the suspect using different labels to purchase merchandise, including four sets of window blinds, cosmetics and vitamins, Sr. Officer Dulce Gonzalez said.

“She was spotted at the self-checkout on the grocery side scanning different barcodes,” Gonzalez said. “She then continued to exit the store through the grocery side. The female was stopped just outside the door, passed the last point of sale.”

The stolen merchandise totaled $126.74, Gonzalez said.

“The employee stated he requested the female to follow him to the office and police was contacted,” Gonzalez said.

Police booked Ortiz at the Del Rio police station. She later was sent to the county jail.

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