Officers arrest 55 for shoplifting at Cool Springs mall - WKRN News 2

Officers arrest 55 for shoplifting at Cool Springs mall

Posted: Updated: Dec 19, 2012 03:10 PM
Franklin police arrested Lacey Locke, of Murfreesboro, Monday night. Franklin police arrested Lacey Locke, of Murfreesboro, Monday night.
FRANKLIN, Tenn. -

Franklin police are arresting shoplifters at a staggering rate.  In the 26 days since Black Friday, the Franklin police flex unit assigned to the Cool Springs Galleria has arrested 55 alleged shoplifters.

It's part of a concerted undercover effort to make thieves uncomfortable while giving law-abiding citizens a safe place to shop.

"In the time we've been doing this, since Black Friday, we have actually recovered close to $20,000 because of the partnership we have going on out there," Franklin police spokesperson Lt. Charles Warner explained.

Saturday night, at the Belk store in the mall, store surveillance followed 31-year-old Lacey Locke, of Murfreesboro, moving about the store.

In the video, Locke is shown filling up her cart with merchandise before walking out the door without paying.

Authorities say Locke used a large bag with a foil lining to help thwart detectors at the doors.

According to officers, Locke returned to the mall two days later, on Monday night.  Awaiting flex unit officers arrest Locke without incident.

Undercover agents show Nashville's News 2 Investigates thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise recovered from Locke.  The merchandise includes clothes, jewelry, handbags and toys.

According to authorities, Locke wasn't only shoplifting but running a business stealing for other.

At the time of her arrest she had a list in her possession containing the names of people, which items they'd requested and what stores the items come from.

Some items were crossed off and police say Locke has some of those items in her possession.

Authorities say Locke kept the price tags on so customers would know what the item would have cost had they paid regular price.

Franklin police say 2012 is the third year the department has initiated its program to thwart shoplifting at the mall.

Officers are on scene patrolling undercover and they also use an incident command center as a base so when something happens, they're on the scene almost immediately.

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