Police: Skip-scanning thief with "kind heart" helps customers leave without paying for merchandise

Police: Skip-scanning thief with "kind heart" helps customers leave without paying for merchandise

THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - Thibodaux Police arrested a man for theft after he allowed customers to leave without paying for merchandise at an area store.

According to a report released by police, on January 20 John Coleman, who worked the store's register, allowed customers to leave without paying for $1,300 worth of merchandise.

He also did the same thing earlier that month, allowing a customer to pay only $67.06 for $729.83 worth of merchandise, according to the report.

The report also said on a separate occasion he let a customer walk away from a $560.68 transaction for just $6.16.

This type of theft is defined as skip-scanning, according to police.

Coleman told police that he did not know the customers, and that he was only helping them out when they told him they were falling on hard times. He went on to say that he did this out of "the kindness of his heart."

Coleman was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center.