Serial Shoplifters Caught Red-Handed on Christmas Eve

Serial Shoplifters Caught Red-Handed on Christmas Eve

Two suspects arrested for shoplifting at an east Memphis Sears during the last-minute Christmas shopping rush have been linked to several recent thefts.
Ailone Malone (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
Ailone Malone (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
Mark Williams (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
Mark Williams (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Two suspects arrested for shoplifting at an east Memphis Sears during the last-minute Christmas shopping rush have been linked to several recent thefts.

According to the police affidavit, a security officer at the Sears located at 4570 Poplar observed two people over the video surveillance cameras loading clothes into a shopping cart, and recognized them from a previous store theft. As security called Memphis police, the two suspects pushed their cart to the door where a car was waiting.

Police arrived on the scene and arrested the driver of the getaway car, 42-year-old Mark Williams, and the two theft suspects, 41-year-old Angela Merriweather and 38--year-old Ailone Malone. The value of the stolen goods was $782.

Store security identified Merriweather and Malone as the suspects who stole more than $500 in merchandise on December 11, more than $1,000 of merchandise on December 22, and $2,000 of merchandise on December 23.

Merriweather also admitted to two other recent thefts at a Hibbett Sports and Bargain Hunt, where she stole a combined $2,700 worth of merchandise.

All three suspects were charged with Theft and booked at the Shelby County Jail.

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