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Two individuals went “shopping” at a DeLand-area grocery store late at night June 26.

They loaded up their shopping cart, headed for a self-checkout lane, “pretended to conduct a transaction, and left without paying.”

Store personnel estimate the pair stole about $225 in groceries.

Looks like self-checkout lanes not only mean the possibility of fewer job seekers being hired, they also offer would-be crooks an opportunity to steal.

OFF THE BEAT is a collection of stories by Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-277-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.