D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - October 12 started out as a typical day at Ivy Boutique. Employees were helping customers, but what they didn't realize was one of those customers would allegedly be helping herself to their wallets.
"It is very unusual it's hard to handle that you know knowing that somebody came into your stock room into your purse your personal assets and took something it's heart breaking," said Ivy Boutique April Bullock.
Bullock said the woman was in the store for a while and seemed normal. But she was far from the usual customer.
According to store employees the suspect claimed she needed to use the bathroom, but surveillance video shows she didn't need to use the bathroom instead she made a bee line for the employee stockroom.
"She's very smart. She was able to pick up with whose working and when we got busy and she very quickly snuck back there and took both of the wallets," Bullock claimed.
D'Iberville police say the woman then spent hundreds of dollars of the employees' money.
"As business owners on the Gulf Coast we really try to look out for each other and if something happens here we try to contact the other business owners around here to just let them know what's going on and they do the same for us," said Bullock.
To make matters worse, other stores have come forward to police and on social media that the same woman who stole from Ivy Boutique also stole from their stores. And while police haven't confirmed that the same suspect hit up all the stores, D'Iberville police say they will be meeting with Ocean Springs police to determine whether they are dealing with the same person.
The owner of Lee Tracy boutique in Ocean Springs says a very similar incident happened at her store.
The suspect reportedly acted like she was going to try on clothes, but instead she allegedly went into the stockroom and took an undisclosed amount of money.
Police describe the woman as a black female 5'6" to 5'8", she has short hair, may be in her thirties with a medium build.
If you have any information about this case or think you may know who the suspect is call D'Iberville police at 228-396-4252 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-787-5898.