DECATUR – Two alleged female serial DVD thieves, who stole merchandise by the shopping cartfull, were arrested Friday by police after trying to walk out of a Decatur Walmart with 43 DVDs and other items worth more than $800.
Sworn police statements say the Decatur women, aged 41 and 33, were jailed on preliminary charges of two counts of burglary; Walmart claims they've also been caught on surveillance video in several previous thefts.
Police say an employee of the store at 4625 E. Maryland St. had recognized the 33-year-old as a shoplifting suspect when she was spotted walking the aisles Friday morning. It's said she was pushing a cart filled with 43 DVD movies and other items before stuffing the DVDs into a duffle bag.
Police claim the woman told them she had later abandoned the goods and ran from the store because “she had a feeling she was being watched.” The woman then fled with her accomplice, who was waiting outside, but police say they didn't get far before being taken into custody.
Walmart says it had been watching out for the pair who had repeatedly hit its store. On March 1, Walmart says the 33-year-old suspect was seen in the Maryland Street store while shoving a cart jammed with DVDs covered in a layer of boys' clothing.
Store managers say they watched her roll the cart into the lawn and garden section and met with her accomplice, who was dragging a large black trash can. It's alleged all the items were dumped into the trash can and both women “exited the business pulling the trash can while passing all points of sale,” according to the sworn statements.
On that occasion, they had allegedly abandoned the trash can and fled on foot after the store manager and the assistant manager tried to stop them.
Under questioning after being arrested Friday, police claim the women told them they had gone to the store “with the intent to commit a theft.”
Both women remained in the Macon County Jail on Monday night in lieu of posting $30,000 bond each. If they make bail, they are ordered to stay away from Walmart.