Family Dollar in Ludowici recently was targeted by alleged shoplifters.
Ludowici Police Chief Robert Poppell said that at about 2 p.m. Feb. 27, Officer Anthony DeSanto responded to a shoplifting report at the store. Upon arrival, he found several Long County deputies detaining Rebecca Chamblin. According to DeSanto, Deputy Laura Powell was in the store when she discovered Chamblin allegedly attempting to leave with items hidden in her purse.
Deputies Bruce Green and Sue Li responded to assist Powell, and Chamblin was detained and charged with shoplifting and obstruction of a law-enforcement officer.
Chamblin, who lives in Waycross, was processed at the Ludowici Jail and later released on bond, according to DeSanto.
Poppell said that just three days earlier, two alleged shoplifters struck the store.
Officer Marvin LaRoche responded after a store manager reported that a male had left with stolen items under his shirt. The suspect, later identified as Jesse Williamson, allegedly placed a water hose and other items under his clothes and walked out.
Poppell said that Jade Terrell, who allegedly was with Williamson, still was in the store. The chief said LaRoche questioned her, but said she did not know where he was. Poppell said the store’s surveillance video showed Williamson taking the items.
Terrell was arrested, and Williamson later turned himself in but denied stealing any merchandise. Poppell said both Williamson and Terrell were charged with theft by taking, but were released on bond.