LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Detectives with the Lake Charles Police Department’s Property Crimes Division reports that they have identified suspects in a shoplifting ring operating in Lake Charles.
Police believe the suspects are also involved in several other shopliftings in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Lafayette.
The group mainly targets retail stores that sell fire retardant clothing by walking into the store, grabbing as much clothing as they can, then walking out, according to information from Lake Charles police. Police say the suspects are rarely confronted but when they are, they threaten the employee with violence.
They allegedly sell the clothing via Facebook and other online market place sites and are believed to have committed several shopliftings at multiple local Lake Charles stores.
The only vehicle descriptions the police report that they have are a red Honda and a silver Kia. Witnesses report that the vehicle’s licence plates were covered.
Police say members of the group include Jazmine Kiara Washington, 23, of Sulphur; Johnathan Bernard Nero, 21, of Lake Charles; Vandela Deshawn Thibodeaux, 25, of Lake Charles; and Adrianna Keonna Simmons, 21, of Sulphur.
Lake Charles police say that this investigation is ongoing and are requesting the public’s assistance. The police request anyone with information regarding this investigation contact Lt. Todd Chaddick at 337-491-1324.