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School Crossing Guard Arrested for Skip-Scanning in Martinez Walmart


A veteran crossing guard for two Columbia County schools has been arrested for skip-scanning at a Martinez Walmart, according to the sheriff’s office.

Margaret Mclaughlin, 68, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor shoplifting. She was a part-time employee with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, working as a school crossing guard for seven years, Maj. Steve Morris said.

On Thursday, the sheriff’s office investigated a case where Mclaughlin was observed shoplifting at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Evans to Locks Road.

“She was observed ‘Skip Scanning’ numerous items and left the store without paying,” Maj. Morris said.

Ironically, a local mother had reached out to this reporter this week to complain that Mclaughlin was not crossing all of the children, specifically around River Ridge Elementary School in Evans. She said her children almost got hit by a car while the guard stayed in her car.

This reporter referred the parent to Sheriff Clay Whittle, but the guard has since been arrested on a $2,200 bond and faces likely termination from her role with the sheriff’s office.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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