Shoplifting charges increase during holidays

By DeeAnna Haney | Dec 22, 2012

‘Tis the season…for shoplifting. At least that’s the trend law enforcement and big box stores are seeing in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

One woman was recently arrested for shoplifting at one store and then arrested again at another store only three days later.

Jalissa Vanessa Hollis, 24, was caught Dec. 15 attempting to steal almost $1,500 worth of merchandise from Belk.

Loss prevention staff at the store told police Hollis took several items and stashed them in bags she was carrying.

She later told police she was trying to steal the items because she didn’t have money for Christmas presents.

She was released on a $3,500 unsecured bond and police took her back to her vehicle.

Three days later, Hollis was caught on video concealing CDs and DVDs in her clothing at Best Buy.

Officers from the Waynesville Police Department also found marijuana in her purse.

Altogether, Hollis faces charges of felony larceny, felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor shoplifting, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She is due to appear in district court Jan. 23.

That same day, two teens were also caught shoplifting in Best Buy.

Management at the store told police they saw 17-year-old Austin Clontz, of Franklin, put a USB cord for an iPhone in his pocket. They also said Clontz and a friend had been in the store two hours earlier, and after they left, an iPhone 5 had been cut from display.

After patting Clontz down, police found a pair of scissors in his front pocket and a piece of paper with electronics and accessories checked off.

The missing phone was found in the front pocket of the other teen, who is a juvenile and cannot be named.

Clontz was charged with felony shoplifting and felony possession of stolen property. He was also charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and possession of stolen property.

He was jailed under $7,500 secured bond with a court date for Dec. 28. The younger teen was taken to juvenile detention.

On Dec. 17, Waynesville police arrested 29-year-old Twila Jayln Reed and 31-year-old Vita Lynne Reed, both of Cherokee, for shoplifting from Belk.

Both were charged with misdemeanor shoplifting and misdemeanor possession of stolen property.

They were each jailed under $1,000 secured bond and are due in district court Jan. 29.

Waynesville police also arrested Anna Klim Derosa for shoplifting from Best Buy on Dec. 16 and Dakota Reed Bradshaw for shoplifting at Walmart on Dec. 17.

Bradshaw was also charged with possession of marijuana, possession of stolen property and trespassing.