FOUR WOMENCHARGED IN SHOPLIFTING
OnTuesday, (April 9, 2002) at approximately 1:53 p.m., Thibodaux Police Officerswere dispatched to Jake’s Department Store regarding a theft by shoplifting. When officers arrived, they learned that four female suspects had alreadyallegedly exited the store with unpaid merchandise and was believed to be onfoot somewhere in the area. Jake’semployees also reported that clothing security tags and several empty hangerswere located in the area where the suspects were seen shopping.
Within minutes, officers were told that the possiblesuspects were seen entering a nearby convenience store. Officers went to the store and made contact with the suspects. Each of them were placed in a police unit and brought back to the storeto be identified by the employees. Aconvenience store worker told officers that he and other employees had found themerchandise that was stolen from Jake’s in the rear of the convenience store. He also added that he noticed a suspicious white vehicle inthe area that was believed to be linked to the suspects. Upon furtherinvestigation, the vehicle in question (white Honda Accord) which was believedto be the suspects get away car, was subsequently towed away from the area.
Jake’s employees positively identified the suspectsand the articles of clothing that were taken from the store which totaled over$218.00. The suspects were identified as Precious Shephard, 18 of 934 East St.,Tiffany Williams, 28, of 1299 Memory Ln., Gustavia Brown, 21, of 708 Gouaux Ave.and Latoya Smith, 20, of 876 Belange St., all of Houma, LA. All suspects werearrested and released after being issued a misdemeanor summons for one counteach of Theft of Goods.