A Billings man was charged Wednesday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with swapping bar codes on items at a West End store, then shoving and taking the cell phone of a security guard who tried to stop him.
Steven Alexander Gentry, 33, appeared by video from the county jail before Judge Larry Herman on one felony count of robbery. He set Gentry's bond at $7,500 and ordered him to appear in District Court on Nov. 19.
Charging documents say that employees at Walmart, 2525 King Ave. W., watching surveillance cameras Saturday saw Gentry and a woman identified as Sawntae Hoffman swapping the tags with bar codes from lower-priced items onto more expensive ones.
After the pair scanned the items in the self-checkout aisle and left the store, an employee approached them and tried to call police. The affidavit said Gentry pushed the employee against a wall and grabbed her phone before running away.
Video provided by Walmart shows the entire incident, court documents state. Police found Gentry a short time later and arrested him.
He told police he was falsely accused of stealing from the store.
Hoffman was charged with felony deceptive practices, common scheme, on accusations that she used another person's credit card to make more than $1,900 in purchases.