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CRIME BRIEFS: Gift cards stolen from Wal-Mart

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- A woman is facing two counts of theft charges after she allegedly participated in a gift card scheme to defraud Wal-Mart.

Tabitha Barlow, 21, was arrested Saturday and charged with theft following an investigation by Wal-Mart management, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

She is accused of ringing up more than $3,000 in gift cards and then fraudulently cashing them at the Old Fort Parkway location over the course of a month.

A surveillance video also reportedly caught Barlow suspending a transaction at the self-checkout line and allowing an acquaintance to leave without paying for nearly $500 worth of merchandise.

Barlow, who has since been released on a $7,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in February 2014 for a preliminary hearing in the case in Rutherford County General Sessions Court.

First Cash employee charged after fake robbery

An employee of First Cash is facing serious charges for allegedly falsely claiming she was the victim of a robbery last week.

Shelbyville resident Sarah M. Jamison, 24, was was arrested Dec. 17. She has been charged with filing a false report, conspiracy to commit felony theft, and one count of felony theft in connection with the incident, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.

Jamison is accused of calling police earlier that day to report that a black male had just robbed the First Cash on Memorial Boulevard. She also told detectives that she had been assaulted during the robbery.

After interviewing witnesses and examining the evidence collected at the scene, detectives determined the Jamison and her boyfriend, Brandon Stafford, stole the money.

Stafford, who has also been charged in connection with the incident, has not yet been apprehended.

Police are urging anyone with information about the case to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867. All callers will remain anonymous.

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Brandon Stafford, Crime, Crime Briefs, First Cash, Memorial Boulevard, MPD, Murfreesboro, Robbery, Sarah Jamison, Tabitha Barlow, Theft, Walmart
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