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Aluminum-Lined Shopping Bags Used To Get Past Store Sensors

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by Adam Ghassemi

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. Governor's Square Mall is a popular place to shop in Clarksville, but police said stores like Dillard's, Dick's Sporting Goods and Victoria's Secret have all been victim to the same type of theft.

"You look like you're shopping at a bunch of stores and then you fill your bags and leave without paying," said Sgt. Charles Gill.

That may sound simple, but crooks are using normal household products in a somewhat sophisticated way.

Gill said Tuesday night an officer pulled over a red sedan on I-24 after getting a call from mall security. They found Adrieanna Johnson, Tawonda Parrish, Rico Brown and Shelby Cange headed back to Nashville with thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise.

They also had duct tape and aluminum foil used to line dozens of shopping bags, which blocks the signal from security scanners as they walk out the door.

The officer also found scissors and screwdrivers customized to quickly remove the security tags.

All four face felony theft charges, as well as possessing tools that interfere with an anti-theft security device.

Clarskville detectives believe the group is a theft ring that could be responsible for stealing items this way all over the region.

"I'm sure this isn't the first area they've done this," Gill said Wednesday.

Clarksville Police host monthly A.L.E.R.T. (Area Law Enforcement & Retailers Team) meetings with retailers to share information about shoplifting rings and repeat offenders.

They meet at 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the La Quinta Inn at 251 Holiday Drive in Clarksville.

All merchants are invited to attend.

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