Garage Sale Burglaries
Staff Writer 8:32 PM CDT, September 13, 2010
- Two garage sales burglarized Saturday
- Police arrested the same woman for both crimes
- Suspect accused of stealing jewelry and clothes
(Olive Branch, MS) -- An Olive Branch woman was arrested Saturday after police say she burglarized two garage sales. Police say 63-year-old Mary Jane Hall admitted stealing the items, but when WREG News Channel 3 spoke with her Monday, she denied the thefts.
The first burglary happened at a garage sale in the 6000 Block of Chickasaw Street. The victim told police a woman stole jewelry from the garage sale, then left in a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu.
Police say they located Hall in the car, where they discovered the stolen items.
While officers were booking Hall, the Olive Branch Police Department received another call about a garage sale burglary. Police say the second theft happened in the 6700 Block of Indigo Lake Drive. Police say Hall also had the stolen items from that garage sale.
Neighbors we spoke to about the burglaries were surprised someone would target garage sales. Erica Larson held a garage sale the day before the thefts. She said she would go inside from time to time, leaving the items alone in the garage. "I never thought someone would steal something from there," Larson said.
Another neighbor, Willie Hall, told us he's planning a garage sale. He said he never thought he'd have to consider a loss prevention plan. "I'm going to be thinking about it now," he said.