The assault of a store manager by two shoplifters on Monday at Tanger Outlets in Commerce was just the tip of a spate of thefts in the past two weeks at the popular mall.
In three separate crimes, shoplifters took merchandise worth $ 13,000 from the Polo Ralph Lauren store, and authorities said thieves stole an unknown amount of merchandise from a Nike store.
The thefts suspects have not been identified, but detectives are reviewing the evidence, Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said Thursday.
A car with a South Carolina tag was linked to the theft where Polo’s manager was assaulted, she said, adding that detectives were trying to improve the image from a surveillance camera to get the number label.
MPs also have security footage of suspects, but it’s more difficult to make identifications because everyone is wearing masks, Mangum said.
The number of stores and easy access to Interstate 85 make outlets attractive to thieves, according to the sheriff.
The assault happened at around 2:30 p.m. on January 18, when two Polo store workers observed two women, one wearing a shower cap, entering the store, MPs said. Because they were behaving suspiciously, an official went to the exit door and, as a woman tried to leave with goods, he put his arm in front of her.
MPs said the women then sprayed pepper spray on his face and one of them tried to punch him in the face.
The women stole about $ 2,100 in merchandise and escaped in a black Lexus with a South Carolina tag, according to the report.
The day before, Jan. 17, MPs responded to an alarm at around 6:48 a.m. at the Nike store and found a broken glass door. The thieves had taken items from shelves and a tabletop display was emptied of his clothes.
MPs are also investigating a January 11 shoplifting in the Polo store, where two women stole around $ 3,000 worth of clothing, and another on January 8, where three men stole clothing from the store. ‘valued at $ 8,268. The thieves fled in a blue Ford Freestyle without a license plate.
Mangum said additional patrols have been assigned to the outlet.
As a result of these patrols, a deputy spotted a Cadillac near a trash can at around 2:30 a.m. on January 17 and, upon investigation, determined that the two were “diving into a dumpster.” .
The man and woman have been warned to leave.
Anyone with information on shoplifting and point-of-sale theft is asked to contact investigator Joey Chastain at (706) 387-6042 or email [email protected]
The confidential whistleblower line is (706) 367-3784.