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Augusta police seek perfume thief

Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:53 AM
Last updated 8:41 PM
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 Richmond County investigators are searching for a woman who stole more than $1,000 of Chanel perfume from the Augusta Mall.



Bianca Cain Johnson
Staff Writer
E-mail | 706-823-3486

According to an incident report, the woman was spotted putting multiple bottles of perfume in her purse at Dillard’s on June 16.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1020.

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 07/12/12 - 09:20 am
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National Geographic TV
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*Hushed, David Attenborough voice*......

"And here we see the female "entitlement" creature, captured in its natural habitat, feasting on the rich, nutritious fruit known as "udder peoples' stuff". Her offspring are nowhere to be seen but are safely hidden, waiting for their mother to return from her hunting expedition."

"The male of the species is extremely elusive and seldom sighted with the female. Following mating, the male usually moves on........"

Jake
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Jake 07/12/12 - 11:10 am
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What good does it do to have a security person film a theft and not have security personnel available to apprehend the thief?

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/12/12 - 11:17 am
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I don't know why she had to
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I don't know why she had to steal all she needed to do was pay for it with her ebt card

Jeepster2001
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Jeepster2001 07/12/12 - 12:44 pm
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Nice Gifts
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I bet her girlfriends are REALLY going to like their summer presents ! AND, they'll all smell alike....! And BTW: Why didn't the anti-theft alarm go off, when she left the store? The tags are inside each package, unless it was cheap junk.

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Farmboy 07/12/12 - 11:31 am
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I'm happy they have a video clip for all Augusta to see.

If it brings her shame, i'll be happy about that to because it should.

beboisme
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beboisme 07/12/12 - 02:42 pm
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According to the video I just

According to the video I just saw Security did not see her put anything in her bag. The subject moved the items from the shelves to an area behind the perfume counter. Unless the camera room operator had another camera visual he or she never saw a concealment. Most store policy's require that you see the items "CONCEALED" before making an apprehension. You just can't assume that someone took something. You have to be able to identify the merchandise and where it was concealed. Aside from that most store Loss Prevention do not allow the L.P. personell to exit the store to apprehend a subject because of safety issues. For years the policy was that L.P. had to wait for the subjects to leave the store without making any attempts to pay for stolen merchadise. But because of L.P. or other shoppers being hurt in a scuffle that policy has changed dramatically and all shoplifters know this. A sharp Sales Associate could have prevented, to some degree, this theft. But not everybody in retail cares about the amount of merchandise that is stolen on a daily basis. When the camera room operator first started watching this subject he or she should have gone to the area and at least have tried to deter the subject and make some radio chatter to try and get her to unload what she had supposedly stolen. It takes more than one L.P. officer to maintain a complete beginning to end observation of a subject,via cameras. They have no case if the visual is lost at any point. If visibility is lost and the suspect is stopped without the merchandise then guess who pays out in court? The merchant. So now you know the answeres to some of your questions. Those cameras are only good if you have someone on the floor who would have been able to see the subject conceal the perfume. In my years of Loss Prevention if I was covering the store while someone was at lunch and I was alone then by no means would I be in the camera room. I had to get back into the mindset of the old days when there were no cameras just the eyes to watch the hands, never fails. Working the floor is the best all around deterrent to thefts. After awhile the shoplifters get to know who you are and call you Ms. Floorwalker and even though your high profile it does work,at least until the next time. I don't think the law has changed in regards to once it's concealed it is considered stolen, it's the merchants who go the extra mile to make sure L.P.has seen a concealment.

beboisme
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beboisme 07/12/12 - 02:49 pm
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Farmboy I just have to say I

Farmboy I just have to say I don't think she can be shamed. Did you see her move the merchandise from the shelf to where the camera couldn't see her conceal the perfume? She's a pro and she may have even worked there and knew where the camera angles were. It is also a probability that a Sales person could have been a friend of hers. You just never know who's who. Ashamed? Probably not.

Georgialina
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Georgialina 07/13/12 - 07:16 am
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No doubt about it

This chic is no rookie at this. I agree with stillamazed that she knew where the camera was and that is why she moved the bottles. I bet you too that she knows the concealment laws and that is why she moved the bottles first. With this camera view, we can only "assume" she put them in her bag . Notice she moved the bag so she could use her right hand to load it when she was out of view. No doubt this was not her first (or probably last) shoplifting gig.

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