Off duty Fla deputy alertness helps nab felony shoplifters www.privateofficer.com
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY Fla April 9 2012 — Simultaneous shoplifting crimes at Victoria’s Secret led to almost $5,000 in merchandise leaving the lingerie shop last week, according to reports from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
An off-duty deputy helped capture two suspects and recover more than $2,300 worth of goods, the Sheriff’s Office said. However, two other suspects fled the Indian River Mall store with 175 pairs of panties, worth $2,412. Authorities have not verified whether the two crimes were connected.
The off-duty deputy was walking through the mall in the 6200 block of 20th Street about 4:45 p.m. March 27 when he noticed two men putting panties into a plastic bag, according to reports. The deputy phoned in his information to an active corporal, the reports state. The suspect left the mall in a black Dodge Charger or Magnum, the reports state.
About the same time, the deputies said they noticed Jeffrey Lajuan Nobles, 22, and Kimkesia Valencia Graham, 23, of Riviera Beach, were also in the store behaving suspiciously. The pair fled but were apprehended outside the mall, the Sheriff’s Office said. The pair had dropped a bag filled with sweatpants, T-shirts and tank tops from Victoria’s Secret.
Nobles and Graham were each charged with grand theft and posted $10,000 bond at the Indian River County Jail. They each denied knowing about the suspects who escaped. Nobles served nine months in jail for a 2009 retail theft conviction in Indian River County, according to jail records.
The March 27 thefts weren’t the only crimes committed at the lingerie store last month. Two women from South Florida were apprehended after they attempted to steal $4,500 worth of clothing March 1.
Anyone with information about the suspects at-large should call Treasure Coast CrimeStoppers at 800-273-TIPS (8477) or leave the tip online at tcwatch.org.