Shoplifters steal over $300K from Gwinnett Victoria’s Secret stores

From left to right: Akasia Ford, Tearia Hicks, Christya James, Shydajha Johnson and Deonte Walton. (Special Photo)

Victoria’s Secret stores in Gwinnett alone are out of more than $300,000 thanks to several local residents’ shoplifting spree, though the lingerie chain’s total losses are likely much higher, given the crews have struck elsewhere in metro Atlanta, police say.

Gwinnett police arrested and charged six people from several different crews with felony shoplifting after they were caught on surveillance video walking into the stores mid-day and clearing tables of neatly folded shirts, which they threw into garbage bags before running out of the store.

Other surveillance shows the suspects, who again struck while employees weren’t looking, stuffing dozens of bras, underwear and other clothes into bags before again running out of the store.

In one incident alone, the suspects made off with more than 80 bras, 50 panties and 20 shirts, an incident report said. Police said they had 30-plus reports in the shoplifting series, and that doesn’t include other police departments that received such reports.

One detective said he worked with Atlanta, Cobb, Dunwoody and Gainesville police departments on cases involving the same crews. There are additional agencies, too, that police said are investigating the same people.

Though six alleged perpetrators have been arrested, Gwinnett police have a warrant for at least one other, and the investigation is not over.

Those arrested thus far are:

• Shydajha Johnson, 20, of Athens

• Akasia Ford, 20, of Athens

• Deonte Walton, 23, of Athens

• Christya James, 27, of Atlanta

• Tearia Hicks, 24, of Norcross

• Cedronia Johnson (age not immediately known)

Crime Reporter

Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.

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