Athens Woman Faces Shoplifting Charges After Traffic Stop Uncovers Thousands in Stolen Merchandise

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In a recent incident, an Athens woman, Leta Davis, has been charged with shoplifting after officers discovered several thousand dollars worth of stolen merchandise in her vehicle during a traffic stop.

The events unfolded on December 4, when officers from the Bay Creek Precinct responded to a shoplifting call at Victoria’s Secret on Scenic Highway in unincorporated Snellville. However, the suspect had left the store before officers arrived.

Undeterred, an officer visited the store on December 6 to gather more information. A plan was devised to conduct additional surveillance, hoping to catch the suspect in the act if she returned.

On December 11, the suspect made a return visit to Victoria’s Secret, but no theft occurred. Subsequently, she entered a nearby Bath and Body Works carrying a seemingly empty large tote bag. After about five minutes, she exited the store with the tote bag now filled with merchandise.

Promptly conducting a traffic stop, officers took the woman, later identified as Leta Davis, into custody. Initially providing a false name, it was later discovered that Davis had outstanding warrants from Barrow, Cherokee, and Cobb counties for other shoplifting charges, and she was currently on probation. Upon inventorying her vehicle, officers found several trash bags containing merchandise from Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works valued at several thousand dollars. Additionally, officers are investigating another nearby store to determine if it was also a victim of shoplifting.