Jasmine Bolen, 20, was charged with stealing over (theft over $500 in Missouri) which is also a felony in Missouri, after she allegedly stole over $2,000 worth of jeans from the Buckle store inside the South County Center in late July. The official charges were filed on 28-August 2013. Reportedly, Bolen, along with another unidentified subject entered the store and selected several units of jeans from a display table, made no attempts to purchase the merchandise and the exited the store with it. Apparently, witnesses reported that Bolen accidently dropped her cell phone while getting into the vehicle as they drove away. The police were able to identify Bolen from her cell phone, where she was later arrested. Bolen claimed that she had only stolen 3 pairs of jeans even though the inventory count indicated 14. I suspect that she was willing to admit to a misdemeanor of merchandise under $500 but not guilty enough to admit to a felony amount.
This reminds me of a classic shoplifting incident that occurred in October 2011 when I was working as a loss prevention officer for Gap Inc. Long story short, I had 3 female suspects at the Gap Kids store at the St. Louis Galleria who had concealed about 15 to 20 units of merchandise. They had a female suspect at the Gap adult store as a lookout. The three suspects had grabbed random merchandise from a table and set of wall shelves and then concealed the merchandise inside their purses. The suspects exited the store with the concealed merchandise. I exited the store behind them and identified myself as loss prevention, at which point all three suspects fled to the parking lot with the merchandise. I remember that I yelled, "Stop!" The suspects continued running and as I was behind them for direction of travel and calling Richmond Heights Police for backup, the fourth suspect ran out of the Women's doors of the Adult store and followed suit to the parking lot.
All of the suspects ran across the parking lot and then across Clayton Road and then behind the strip mall across the street. Richmond Heights officers along with Clayton police pursued the suspects with the use of their vehicles. About twenty minutes later, officers recovered the suspect's purses that they ditched before getting away. Upon searching the purses, which were lined with foil -- a technique known as a booster bag where the foil 'sometimes' fools security sensors and alarms from sounding. Anyway, we recovered merchandise from Gap Kids, Holister's, and a couple of other stores. But, what makes this case similar to the one above is that these 'geniuses' managed to leave their driver's licenses inside one of the purses, along with a screw driver (later fingerprinted) and a cell phone. One of the officers called the phone several times and the owner who claimed to be a relative of the person in question said she knew nothing of the incident and would pick up the phone. She also claimed she did not know that her cousin borrowed the phone from her. Days later, the owner of phone picked up the phone who matched one of the driver licenses left behind. She later admitted to the theft. She was charged with felony theft and resisting arrest.