Wednesday, December 30, 2009
A woman's expensive taste in clothes may cost her dearly in court.
Bianca Holmes, 21, of Augusta, shoplifted her way to a felony after filling a bag with name-brand clothing Monday afternoon at the Augusta Mall's Buckle store, according to a sheriff's report. Among the items she's accused of stealing were a $195 pair of Affliction-brand jeans and two Affliction-brand shirts worth $68 each.
An employee told authorities that he watched the woman put two pairs of jeans and four shirts into a bag, head into a dressing room and then leave the store with the stolen clothes. Inside the dressing room, he found security tags that had been removed from the clothing. When he stopped the suspect in the mall, she was carrying the stolen merchandise and a pair of wire cutters.
Ms. Holmes was taken to jail on the felony shoplifting charge, where oddly enough she was photographed in an Affliction-brand shirt that says "Sinful."
If she had stolen two pairs of jeans and four shirts at Walmart, her charge would have probably been a misdemeanor. Anything over $300 is a felony and punishable by 1-10 years in prison.