Posted: Aug 16, 2012 6:33 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 6:49 PM
A Lafayette clothing store is turning to social media to help nail a shoplifter. Hemline clothing store posted a picture of a woman from their surveillance video on their Facebook page Monday night. It's been shared more than seventy times. Police have not identified the woman, but do want to question her.
After reviewing surveillance video from Monday, Hemline clothing store owner Muffy Leblanc says she noticed several empty hangers after a woman left her store. Leblanc says the woman has shopped at her store before.
"Shoplifting isn't a problem we have often. The sales associates are trained to look for it, but once they know a customer, their guard is down," said Leblanc.
Leblanc says the thief took three dresses, one shirt, and some jewelry. All the merchandise added up to about $700.
"We are a small business something like this can really hurt. It's our inventory, what we use to keep our business going," said Leblanc.
Leblanc decided to reach out on Facebook, wanting to see if anyone knew this woman.
"It's very exciting that it's a tool we can use to catch criminals," she added.
After the picture was posted, 45 people commented on it and 73 shared it. Muffy also found out, the woman has been accused of shop lifting before.
"Our friends started to share the picture and that's when another retailer contacted us and we found out who she is," said Leblanc.
"We don't have any arrest warrants, but she is wanted for questioning in three thefts at three different stores. The merchandise totaling about $1,000," said Cpl. Paul Mouton.