D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - It should be no surprise that one of the most popular places to shop on the coast is also a popular target for shoplifters. D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne on Tuesday announced six recent shoplifting related arrests made by his officers, including the arrests of two teenagers.
The first case involved Johnny Bennett, 21, and Natley Nicole Mitchell, 34, both of Moss Point. Investigators received a complaint of shoplifting at the D'Iberville Walmart.
Store employees told officers they saw two juveniles, ages 13 and 16, trying to leave the store with stolen items. Store surveillance pictures showed the teens were working with Bennett and Mitchell. Investigators said the group stole 81 Blue Ray and DVD movies, clothing, jewelry and a diaper bag totaling more than $2,000.
The adults were arrested and charged with Felony Shoplifting and Encouraging a Person under 18 to Commit Shoplifting. Bennett is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center under a $50,000 bond; Mitchell is being held on a $20,000 bond. The two juveniles were taken to the Harrison County Youth Detention Center.
The second case involved two Gulfport residents, Antoine Winters, 24, and Ashley Granillo, 23.
This time the alleged shoplifters targeted Marshalls, and The Dress Barn, before being stopped at Kohl's. That store's loss prevention employees told police they saw Winters and Granillo trying to leave the store with stolen items. Investigators said the duo almost got away with nearly $1,500 in clothing and jewelry.
Winters and Granillo were arrested for two counts of Felony Shoplifting. They're also being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center. Winters' bond is $50,000, while Granillo's bond is set at $100,000.
If you have any information regarding this incident or any other crime, please contact the D'Iberville Police Department at (228) 396-4252 or Crime Stoppers at (877) 787-5898.