Officers believe bold Biloxi shoplifters may have needed drug money

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - One man is in jail and another's on the run after a bold shoplifting incident at a Biloxi clothing store. Biloxi police say they believe drugs were likely the reason behind the theft which officers say isn't uncommon.

Shortly before noon on Sunday, Biloxi police say a man walked in to the clothing store and walked out with a lot of merchandise but without bothering to pay.

Sgt. John Campbell said "An officer was flagged down passing the store here. One of the clerks said an individual had picked up a suitcase and filled it with some clothing. [He] threw it into a friend's car and the two of them took off in the car. "

Moments later the officers pulled over a car matching the vehicle description on Pass Road in Biloxi.

Police say the passenger, the man who went into the store, got out and ran. The driver was arrested. After searching the car, police found evidence implicating the duo in other thefts.

"We found the suitcase with the clothing in it," said Sgt. Campbell. "We also found several items that were from another store. We've yet been able to locate which store that was."

Sergeant John Campbell says officers also found drug paraphernalia in the suspect's car.

"What the officer found was some crack pipes. Glass pipes that are used in the smoking of crack cocaine. The individual who was driving the car is being arrested for shoplifting and possession of paraphernalia."

Biloxi police say drug addiction often leads to crimes because of what people are willing to do to maintain their habit.

"If someone who is addicted to crack doesn't have the money to go purchase their drug then what they do is they steal stuff and try to trade those for the drugs," said Sgt. Campbell. "Or they sell it to somebody else to get the money to buy the drugs. One goes hand in hand with the other."

Biloxi Police are still searching for the man who walked out with a suitcase full of clothing. He is described as black man, in his late 20s to early 30s. He was wearing a gray t-shirt, khaki pants, white sneakers and a black ball cap.

If you have any information please call Biloxi police.

Biloxi police say man arrested was Tremaine Gill of Biloxi.