SAVANNAH, GA (January 20, 2015): Monday, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police arrested a second member of a suspected shoplifting ring responsible for thefts at several Savannah retailers.
Jan. 19, Bridgett Watts, 21, of Savannah was arrested at the intersection of west 33rd and Montgomery streets. Monday, Jan 5, Charlainia Varner, 23, of Savannah was arrested at her Clearwater Lane residence.
Both women are charged with felony shoplifting and misdemeanor shoplifting after being linked to thefts on Jan. 1 at Walmart on the 1900 block of east Montgomery Cross Road and Kroger on the 300 block of Mall Boulevard.
Watts and Varner exited Walmart without paying for several hundred dollars in merchandise. The pair abandoned the items in the parking lot during a foot pursuit by store security. They fled the scene in a rented Ford Explorer with a Florida license plate driven by a third suspect. Immediately afterwards, Watts and Varner were driven to Kroger where they swiped more items. Varner was apprehended by Metro officers while attempting to flee.
Investigators believe at least 10 more suspects are working with Watts and Varner in an elaborate shoplifting ring in Metro’s Southside and Islands precincts.
Investigators also issued warrants for Elauna Burroughs, 19, and seek Michelle McClain, 35, for questing in connection to this case. Burroughs is a black female, standing 5-2 and weighing 231 pounds. She changes her hair styles frequently. Burroughs frequents the Cann Park neighborhood, and resides in hotels between west Savannah and Garden City.
McClain is a black female. She is 5-9 and weighs 265. She wears a lower lip piercing and changes hairstyles often. McClain is known to frequent the Tatumville neighborhood and hotels near Abercorn Street and Johnston Street. McClain sometimes goes by the name Michelle Jones.
This is an ongoing SCMPD investigation. More arrests are expected.
Anyone with information on this case should call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.