South Bend Police officer charged with theft in price-switching attempt

Brandon Jones (Photo supplied/South Bend Police Department)

UPDATED: A South Bend police officer has turned himself in to the police after being accused of price-switching at a South Bend Walmart store.

Brandon Jones turned himself in around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

He was at the Walmart on Ireland Road, on Sep. 25, and was stopped by an employee after the price tags rang up didn’t match the merchandise he was buying.

According to the police report, the worker was watching Jones at the self-scan register scan a Notre Dame apparel item, but it scanned in the computer as a pie pumpkin.

The police report says he rang up more items including mixed fruit, raspberries and an air freshener and they all rang up as pie pumpkins or mini pumpkins.

The worker then began watching video footage of Jones in the store. The images showed him handling several pumpkins, putting them in his cart and then returning them, according to the report.

When the store worker confronted Jones, he said he was a South Bend Police officer and that he was having some problems in his life and that he asked the employee to keep the incident quiet.

The worker called police and Jones told the responding officer it was a misunderstanding.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor has charged Jones with misdemeanor theft and felony delivery of a false sales document.

According to the police report, the difference between the switched price tags showed a loss to the store of $66.

The South Bend Police Department issued the following statement on Wednesday, Oct. 17, regarding the charges filed in the case:

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski requested the Indiana State Police investigate a South Bend officer after he was stopped for an incident that took place in a retail store on September 25, 2018. With these charges announced by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, the Board of Public Safety has placed Officer Brandon Jones on unpaid leave pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and an internal investigation.

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