A popular brand of jeans has been the target of a series of thefts totaling more than $11,000 from a Macon department store.
A group of people is suspected of stealing about $11,000 worth of merchandise, including more than 150 pairs of Levi’s jeans, from the J.C. Penney at Macon Mall last week.
While different suspects were involved in the six incidents, an employee told authorities the episodes appear to be related, a Bibb County sheriff’s report said.
The thefts began on the evening of Sept. 11 when a man left the Eisenhower Parkway store without paying for a box of pots and pans.
A few days later, on Sept. 14, a man and a woman took 70 pairs of Levi’s off a rack and ran out the store. Later that evening a man and a woman also stole jeans off a rack. This time they made off with 40 pairs of jeans.
About 10 a.m. on Sept. 15, a woman shoplifted a set of kitchen knives from the housewares department. The same day, a man carrying a black duffel bag began filling it with Levi’s jeans, escaping with about 40 pairs.
“It is believed he was spotted by an employee because he ran out with the bag and jumped in the bed of a pickup truck which then pulled away,” the report said.
On Friday, a man who looked like previous day’s thief caught the attention of a store security officer.
The man reportedly became nervous while he was being watched. He dropped some jeans he was holding and tried to pick up a bag with eight pairs of jeans inside it before running away.
Last year, an almost identical dollar amount worth of merchandise was stolen from Victoria Secret’s in Macon. In May, an employee there reported that $11,408 in bras and panties had been stolen from the store located in The Shoppes at River Crossing.