Self-checkout shopper tried to use Twizzlers to mask $269 electronics item: police

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A Gary, Indiana man is charged with misdemeanor theft after an alleged sleight-of-hand attempt at a Portage Walmart.

Willie Watts, 31, is accused of trying to steal a projector valued at $269 by scanning a package of Twizzlers at the self-checkout. The red licorice candy covered the bar code on the projector, police said.