TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City woman faces accusations she grabbed electronics off the shelves at Garfield Township's Wal-Mart and returned them for a gift card without making a purchase or leaving the store.

Eighty-sixth District Court records state Natalie Elizabeth Tersigni, 33, faces a warrant on a third-degree retail fraud charge, a misdemeanor.

A police report states a Grand Traverse County sheriff's deputy watched a Sept. 8 Wal-Mart surveillance video that shows Tersigni put a Bluetooth headset and baby monitor into an open bag, walk toward a customer service desk, and make a return in exchange for a gift card.

The deputy interviewed Tersigni, who said she placed a previously purchased headset on the rack with the intent of purchasing a different one, the report states. She said she ultimately decided against purchasing a new headset and the baby monitor, according to the report. 

Tersigni told the deputy she noticed once she returned to her car that a customer service employee, who the deputy couldn't locate, accidentally credited her for a baby monitor purchase on the gift card, the report states.

"Natalie stated while sitting in her car she decided that it was not her mistake and decided to leave with the gift card anyhow," the report states.

Tersigni couldn't be reached for comment.

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