WJTV News Channel 12 - Walmart Shoplifting & Fraud Ring Discovered

Calmar Shoplifting & Fraud Ring Discovered

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Columbia, MS -

Detective Mike Cooper confirms that two suspects have been arrested and are in the Marion County Jail on shoplifting and fraud charges.

James Howard and Olivia Rochelle Howard are suspected of stealing large items like vacuum cleaners and sewing machines, presenting phoney receipts at the door, and walking out. Then they would take the stolen items to another Walmart and cash in.

At first officials thought they had hit up Walmart stores located in Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas, but police now think they have hit stores in Colorado and Florida as well.

Cooper says that Walmart has lost thousands of dollars because of them.

Cooper also says that there are four more suspects at large, but he didn't want to release the names just yet.

Police say the two suspects in custody have been shoplifting items in this manner for the past two to three months.

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