This woman made off with about 20 pairs of expensive jeans, but not before she was caught on camera.
If you receive a pair of jeans for Christmas from this woman, you might want to call police or at the very least, politely decline.
She’s a suspect in a brazen theft caught on camera Saturday at Chick Elms Grand Entry Western Store in Stephenville.
I spoke with Cindra Elms and store employee Neva Phelps about the Christmas Grinch on Monday.
They told me that the woman has been identified, but has not been taken into custody. (I will release her name when an arrest is made.)
The camera footage shows the suspect arriving at the store just before 5 p.m. Saturday and looking through the sale rack on the front porch.
“We have her on video for about 15 minutes,” Neva told Beneath the Surface News. “It shows her picking through the jeans that she wanted, then running off with them. She jumped into the backseat of a car, then it peeled out of the parking lot.”
The suspect got away with about 20 pairs of Rock & Roll and Cowgirl Tough jeans – regularly priced between $80 to $100 each.
While the store’s surveillance system caught the thief on camera, it was a customer who began filming her outside when they realized something wasn’t right.
All it took was a post to social media and store employees had a name.
“We have been told that she has done this before and sells the stolen goods on Facebook Marketplace,” Cindra said.
“This community has no tolerance for thieves who steal from mom-and-pop stores like us and everyone has been so helpful and responsive, so I would say that if you are going to commit a crime, you better do it somewhere else.”
If you have any information on this woman’s whereabouts, you can submit an anonymous tip to Erath County Crime Stoppers by clicking here or calling 254-965-CASH.
If your tip leads to an arrest or the recovery of the stolen property, you are eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.