According to a Dalton Police Department incident report, On April 8th, 2023, at 5:02 PM, Officer Miller has dispatched to Walmart 815 Shugart Road in reference to a shoplifting in progress. The loss prevention associate informed officers that he had two females currently in the cosmetics section shoplifting by concealing items in bags. The associate pointed the suspects, later identified as Akaila Jayne Miller, 20, of Dalton, and Olivia Anne Thomas, 20, of Dalton, out to the officer on the live feed security cameras. Officer Miller reported, “[I] stood there and observed Akaila and Oliva take several items from the store shelves and place them inside two large black bags that were in their shopping cart. It appeared that the two were taking turns keeping a lookout while the other one would stick something in their bag. [I] observed the two conceal multiple items from the cosmetic section before continuing on through the store to the electronic section. Once in the electronic section, [I] observed Akaila open a cell phone screen protector package and, while standing in the isle, apply it to her phone screen.” Officer Miller observed Akaila and Olivia helping themselves to anything and everything in the store for approximately 50 mins before they proceeded to the self-checkout registers at the front of the store. Right before approaching the register, Akaila and Olivia took the black bags that they had concealed merchandise in out of the shopping cart and paid for a few items while skip-scanning two cans of cat food. Akaila was also observed drinking from a container that she opened while in the store and then did not even pay for it. The pair went to Subway, where Officer Murdock, Officer Morang, and Officer Miller made contact with the two women. Once in the office, Akaila and Olivia’s bags were emptied, and officers observed way more items that were concealed in their bags before officer’s arrival. The items include items such as body jewelry, glasses, a planner, fake decorative nails, numerous make-up accessories, dental flossers, and deodorant. The pair also had more items on their persons that they pulled out of their pockets when asked if they had anything on them. Loss prevention associates scanned all 71 stolen items that the pair had shoplifted, and the total came to $587.81Both Akaila and Olivia was transported to the Whitfield County Jail, charged with felony theft by shoplifting.
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