Tallahassee - June 21, 2012 - 12:02am
On May 12, 2012, loss prevention officers at the Belk department store located at 2415 North Monroe Street contacted the Leon County Sheriff’s Office after discovering what appeared to be an organized
group of females stealing several items of designer clothing.
The incidents were captured on video surveillance and observed by loss prevention officers as well as detectives from the Crimes Against
On multiple occasions, the women would enter the store together carrying large shopping bags. Surveillance images show the women stuffing the bags with designer clothes and then walking out of
the store without paying for the items hidden in the bags. During one of the incidents, loss prevention officers attempted to contact the women as they exited the store with the large shopping bags.
The women left the bags outside the store and fled the area. Loss prevention officers recovered over $1,200.00 of stolen clothing. They also discovered that the large shopping bags contained an
aluminum lining which defeated the stores anti-theft sensors.
At least five different incidents have been captured on the store’s video surveillance. On each occasion the stolen clothing is valued in excess of $300.00. Detectives believe this group is part of a larger
group of individuals who are targeting retail stores in the area.
On June 18, 2012, Detectives located Kimly Jones, 18, Kenia Germain, 22, Stephanie Germain, 21, Lateria Williams, 25, and Kavira Green, 25. All were arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail.
This investigation is continuing and additional arrests and charges are likely. All are charged with grand theft.