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Serial shoplifters arrested in Cumming after one too many tries

by Staff Reports

December 13, 2013

CUMMING, Ga. — Two men allegedly were caught in a shoplifting act that involved returning items without receipts, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff's incident report.

On Dec. 1, the store manager of Publix, 3245 Peachtree Parkway, told deputies two men came into the store individually to return two items without receipts.

The first man walked to the customer service desk and returned a Children's Claritin valued at $21.

Publix policy regarding returned items without receipts is to give the customer a store gift card upon returning a product.

The employee gave the man a $21 gift card, and the man left the store.

Then, a second man went to the customer service desk to return a $65 box of Crest 3D White Strips. The employee gave him a $65 gift card, and he walked to the beauty supply aisle.

Video surveillance showed this suspect had picked up another $65 box of Crest 3D White Strips and shoved it in his jacket pocket. He began walking out of the store without paying, and the manager tried to stop him.

He ran and jumped inside a dark colored car with all of its lights turned off. His accomplice and driver was the man who returned the Claritin. The two sped away.

The manager said he alerted four other Publix stores in the area to be aware of the theft.

The Publix off Mathis Airport Parkway said the suspects visited them, but their attempts failed.

The Publix off Buford Highway said the suspects were only able to return a Claritin product and receive a $21 gift card before running off.

Deputies said the two suspects were later caught and arrested at a Publix off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard by Suwanee Police Department.