Crime

Investigator says couple ‘loaded up’ shopping cart and walked out

Two Jackson County residents are facing felony shoplifting charges over thefts in late November from Dollar General stores, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Alan B. Sellers, 52, of Moss Point and Monica C. Montgomery, 40, of Pascagoula are accused in the theft of merchandise from stores on Mississippi 63, 613 and 614.

The items stolen from all three stores were valued at more than $1,000, making the crime a felony.

Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Stratton said stolen items included large bottles of detergent, a lot of soap, bottled water and beer.

“They just loaded up and walked out with it,” he said.

In-store and parking-lot surveillance cameras helped investigators identify the alleged thieves.

Sellers and Montgomery were taken to the Jackson County jail pending initial court appearances.

A Sheriff’s Office news release said investigators do not believe Sellers and Montgomery are connected to a couple arrested Dec. 6 on shoplifting charges involving the Dollar General on Mississippi 63. In that case, investigators are looking at the possibility of an organized shoplifting ring.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99

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