Shoplifting on the increase the week before Xmas, 5 arrested at outlet shopping mall

DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) — Searching is up at the outlet malls, and so is shoplifting. Walton County deputies say a Silver Sands Outlet shopper called in a suggestion about a guy throwing an arm comprehensive of dresses into a U-Haul.

Immediately after deputies searched the area, they arrested three men and women from Quincy, Fla., for shoplifting. Deputies also found a firearm and 14 grams of cocaine inside the automobile.

Booked December 16:

  • Alaundrea Betsey, 25, is billed with drug possession and participating in a crime with a weapon. Betsey posted bond is awaiting demo.
  • Travis Herring, 39, is billed with possession of a weapon by convicted felon, drug possession and partaking in a crime with a weapon. Herring posted bond is awaiting demo.
  • Vonderious Boyd, 27, is billed with retial theft of additional than $750 and resisting arrest. Boyd is staying held on a $100,000 bond and is awaiting trial.

A several times afterwards, a group from Opp, Ala., ended up caught with $1,800 in stolen goods.

Booked December 17:

  • Heith Fountain, 43, has a lengthy heritage with Walton County Jail. Fountain has bonded out on various theft expenses and the use of an anti-shoplifting control gadget.
  • Tanya Wills, 36, is facing many threft charges and has also posted bond.

Deputies say theft crimes raise each individual December at the outlet shopping mall. This calendar year, they included further patrol to maintain customers secure.

“We got SRD’s out there, we acquired patrol out there, we obtained folks on bikes, we have them roving. We have foot patrol that really goes into the stores so we have a presence out there,” Walton County Deputy Allen Pullings mentioned. “Hopefully, we can deter it.”

Deputy Pullings suggests the shopping mall owner has a policy for workforce to not method somebody they imagine to be thieving.

Deputies say this keeps theft incidents from turning actual physical but does not prevent them.

Walton County Sheriff’s Workplace claims if you see anything at all suspicious whilst buying, phone them at 850-892-8111 to verify it out.