LAKE WALES — The Lake Wales Police Department has arrested a man and woman accused of trying to steal $83 worth of merchandise from a local Walmart.

Adam and Christine Byrd were arrested at the Blue Lake Motel, 3724 Scenic Highway, before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning. Both were charged with petit theft.

The couple had been seen at the Walmart location, 2000 State Road 60 E., on June 1, police said. With several items in a shopping cart, the two left through the Garden Center without paying for the items. After a loss-prevention employee confronted them, the suspects pushed a cart with the items toward him and left in a white Ford Explorer, according to police.

Adam Byrd, 32, previously had been arrested by the Haines City Police Department for petit theft on May 19.