Two shoplifters who made off with over $1,000 of merchandise from Walmart will serve five days in jail.
The women, Deanna M. Gribble and Latasha L. Cullom, both entered guilty pleas Tuesday before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke in General Sessions Court. They plea bargained down to misdemeanor theft and were both directed to serve five days of 11-month, 29-day sentences and were warned to stay out of Walmart.
The women worked as a team, systematically concealing items as they moved about the store. They were unaware they were being watched by Walmart security as they went about their shoplifting spree.
“They walked around the store and stayed together, one observing while the other selected items,” the warrant against the pair reads. “They would then trade out positions.”
The women went from women’s wear to bedding and toys where they packed items into their purses. They proceeded to go from there to luggage, houseware and hardware and packed more items into their purses. A third woman, who lawmen believe was acting as a lookout, left the store ahead of the suspects. She was not charged since she did not pick up any items, even though store security suspects she was part of the theft ring.
The suspects stopped at a self-checkout station, scanned a few items, and then proceeded to head toward the door with their purses full of stolen merchandise.
“They were stopped when they passed the last point of sale,” the warrant reads. “The total of items recovered was $1,104.”