(KMOV) -- A Chesterfield man is accused of stealing more than $500 from local grocery stores by switching items in the self-checkout lanes.
Douglas Timke, 41, allegedly picked up a more expensive bottle of wine but scanned a cheaper version twice in the self-checkout lanes and walked out with the expensive bottle on several occasions.
Timke allegedly stole wine from the Dierbergs Grocery on Clarkson Road between May and June 2013. He is also accused of stealing from the Schnucks Grocery on Kehrs Mill Road and in the Hilltown Village Center between April and June of 2013.
He was charged with three counts of felony stealing over $500. He is accused of stealing about $4,000 worth of wine from these grocery stores.
A study found last year that people were five times more likely to shoplift using self-checkout lanes.
It has become a problem nationwide that has caused some stores to shut down the lanes.