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Walmart cashier steals customer’s phone and deletes photos and contacts

By Mason White 12:02 PM September 1, 2015
Markeisha Lashay Burwell 

By: Wayne Morin
A Walmart cashier was arrested for stealing a customer’s phone.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the woman at the Walmart on Southwest College Road, after she was accused of trying to keep a cellphone that was accidentally left behind by a customer.

22-year-old Markeisha Lashay Burwell, was booked into the Marion County Jail on Saturday night, on one count of grand theft.

As reported by the Sheriff’s Office, Rosi Calzada of Ocala, left her Samsung Galaxy phone on the checkout counter.

When she returned home, she realized that her phone was missing. She contacted a loss prevention agent in the store. After reviewing surveillance video footage of the store, it was discovered that Burwell took the phone.

When officers arrived, Burwell said that she was not sure if she had the phone, but if she did, it would be in her vehicle.

Officers searched her car and found the phone under the driver’s seat. Calzada identified the phone as hers, but her photos and contacts were deleted.

Deputy Nicholas Austin said that Burwell, later admitted to cleaning the phone of the photos and contacts and hide it in her car with the intention of keeping it.

She was charged with grand theft of an item less the $300. Her bail was set at $2,000.