Five arrested in outlet mall shoplifting spree


300-Jasmonique-FranklinHistoric City News was informed by Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw that sheriff’s deputies arrested four adults and a 16-year-old juvenile from Georgia last night; recovering over $2,500 in stolen merchandise said to have been taken from six different stores at the St Augustine Premium Outlet Mall.

300-Lakycra-GardnerShortly before 6:00 p.m., the suspects were observed by an employee of Polo Ralph Lauren as they drove away from the mall in a white Nissan Altima.

300-Mia-DockDeputy Ezekiel Kelly spotted the vehicle heading northbound on I-95 a short time later and conducted a traffic stop at the northbound rest area. The five occupants were in possession of a large quantity of stolen clothing along with tools to remove antishoplifting devices.

300-Shacarrie-HeywardThe clothing recovered was the property of Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok Rockport Outlet, Aeropostale Outlet, Nike Outlet, Gap Outlet, and Tommy Hilfiger Outlet.

300-Shanea-JohnsonCharged with felony retail theft were Lakycra Arie Gardner, 24, Jacksonville; Jasmonique Lavon Franklin, 22; Mia Nicole Dock, 19; Shacarrie Deasia Heyward, 18; and Shanea Danocka Johnson, 16, all of Savannah.

The adults were booked into the St Johns County Detention Facility where they are being held on bonds ranging from $5,500 – $20,000. The juvenile was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice.