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Police search for sticker-swapping shopper

Sticker-swapping led this man to pay $7.24 for two items that should have cost almost $600. (Source: HPD) Sticker-swapping led this man to pay $7.24 for two items that should have cost almost $600. (Source: HPD)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, we're all looking for bargains.

But one crook decided to beat the rush and try to beat the system in a unique but very illegal way.

See if you can help up find this "sticker swapper" in this week's Huntsville Area Crime Stoppers.

The man is seen on store surveillance leaving the Walmart on Sparkman Drive Aug. 10.

Police say he left with a home security system and a laptop computer.

I didn't say he bought them, but left with them.

This involves a bar code sticker. The clerks scan it and reveal the price.

According to police, this crook took a couple of stickers off very inexpensive items and put them on two expensive items.

In fact, Huntsville police tell us he placed a bogus bar code sticker on the home security system for $6.47, and another bar code sticker for 77 cents for the computer.

He paid $7.24 for two items that should have cost almost $600.

The only good thing to come out of this is this surveillance picture of him leaving with that stolen merchandise. It appears that the man has a prosthetic right leg - a very big clue to identifying the man.

My guess is that camouflage ball cap he's wearing isn't going to camouflage this crook from anything.

If you know who he is, his days of sticker swapping will be over.

Make the anonymous call to 256-53-Crime.

Or text or e-mail your anonymous tips.

To see how, go to waff.com, click Crime Stoppers, then the Huntsville Area Crime Stoppers link.

There's a reward of up to a thousand dollars waiting for you. (256-53-Crime)

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