A former Bi-Lo cashier and two co-defendants are facing felony charges after law enforcement alleges they stole groceries from Bi-Lo of Bamberg.

Bamberg Police Department warrants accuse Shakera Monique Hightower, 20, of 19 Sandifer St., Denmark, of “taking monies placed into her care in trust while a cashier at Bi-Lo of Bamberg.”

The warrant also accuses her of “obtaining groceries and other items by voiding sales and allowing the items and groceries to be taken without full payment.”

According to an incident report, the total loss to Bi-Lo was about $11,250.

The warrant states that Hightower admitted to “voiding items since the beginning of January 2017.”

Officers arrested her on Nov. 1.

If convicted of breach of trust/obtaining property under false tokens valued at $10,000 or more, Hightower faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a court-imposed fine or both.

Her two co-defendants, Alexis Lashay Moody, 35, of 6926 Voorhees Road and Tiffany Wilson, 36, of White Lane, both of Denmark, face one count each of criminal conspiracy.

Warrants allege that on Nov. 1, the pair “conspired to defraud Bi-Lo of Bamberg of groceries and other merchandise without tendering full payment.”

If convicted of the charge, each of the women faces a maximum fine of $5,000 or five years in prison.

According to the incident report, officers identified Moody and Wilson from a photo they received from Bi-Lo.

When an officer interviewed Wilson, she told him that she had no idea what was going on inside the store, the report states.

She “reported that she pushed the shopping cart outside to the car,” the report notes.

Moody admitted to police that she should have paid for the items in the cart that Wilson pushed to the car, the report states.

Contact the writer: mbrown@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5545. Follow on Twitter @MRBrownTandD.

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Crime Reporter

Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 15 years.

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