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Perfume popular with shoplifters as police search for 2 women

Gulfport police are looking for these two women accused of taking perfume from the Ulta Beauty in Crossroads Shopping Center on Nov. 6.
Gulfport police are looking for these two women accused of taking perfume from the Ulta Beauty in Crossroads Shopping Center on Nov. 6. Gulfport Police Department

The public helped identify two women accused of taking “numerous” bottles of perfume from Ulta Beauty in October, police said, but authorities still need help identifying two other women in a Nov. 6 perfume theft.

Gulfport police Sgt. Joshua Bromer said arrest warrants were issued for Sherelle Renae Triplett and Sade Monique Jones after police asked for the public’s help to identify the alleged bandits.

Triplett and Jones, both of Mobile, each face a felony shoplifting charge, Bromen said.

Bromen said surveillance footage from Ulta shows Triplett and Jones were not responsible for the November theft, and police have not determined if the two thefts, which took place about a month apart, were affiliated in any way.

The public responded on various platforms almost immediately after media outlets posted stories about the thefts, Bromen said.

D’Iberville police Capt. Marty Griffin said there has not been a recent report of shoplitfting from the Ulta Beauty location in The Promenade, but he said officers are called to the store regarding perfume thefts almost every other month.

Is there a trend of perfume thefts at South Mississippi retail stores? Not necessarily, Bromen said.

“They (shoplifters) look for things in stores that have high-end value but are small in size,” Bromen said.

Small items are easy to take out of stores. Perfume, Bromen said, is a sought-after commodity. Ulta sells a variety of high-end perfume and cologne.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Triplett or Jones of the identity of the two female suspects from the November incident should call the Gulfport Police Department at 868-5959.

Justin Mitchell: 228-604-0705, @Journalism_J

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