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Shoplifting increases over holidays
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
While many people are Christmas shopping, others are Christmas shop-lifting. Organized shoplifting rings have been on the rise for the past 3 years in Southeast Texas, and one Beaumont woman has 9 warrants out for her arrest. Police say she is a serial shoplifter, and a member of a shoplifting ring that operates in Jefferson County.
Police say in one case that stands out, 32-year old Elizabeth Regina Carrier and her accomplices stole 33 pairs of pants from J.C. Penney and Parkdale Mall in Beaumont.
"This is an individual that has been in the Jefferson County jail over 37 times, she's a serial shoplifter, career criminal. We feel that at this time of year, especially with the Christmas shopping and everything else, this is an individual that we want to pay special attention for," said Deputy Rod Carroll with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
"These theft teams, they'll go into a store and one will look out and try to draw the attention of management while the others are stealing them blind," said Deputy George Nedd, also with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Elizabeth Regina Carrier is six foot two, 160 pounds, and has a rose tattoo on the right side of her neck. Crime Stoppers will pay up to one-thousand dollars for information leading to Carrier's location and arrest.
Retailers say shoplifting increases during the holidays, but they are prepared. J.C. Penney, like many other retailers, has undercover loss prevention agents. The Talent Resource Leader for the
Beaumont J.C. Penney, Robert McDuffie, says the store has other methods of shoplifting prevention which he can't comment on. However, he says if someone shoplifts, they will see it.
"Don't do it, you're going to get caught," said McDuffie. "It is not a wise thing to do because there are eyes everywhere."