Arrest made in thefts of over $11,000 in candles from Bath & Body Works


Tavares Dequan Holmes, 27, was arrested yesterday and charged with grand theft of merchandise valued over $10,000 after officers determined that a large number of candles were stolen from Bath & Body Works over the span of a month.

A loss prevention officer (LPO) reported to Gainesville Police Department (GPD) that Holmes was seen stealing about $400 in candles from the store at about 1:00 p.m. yesterday. The LPO reported that Holmes took the merchandise to a car, unloaded the candles, then returned to the store and took more candles. After Holmes also took those candles to the car, a GPD officer made the arrest, and the property was recovered from Holmes’ rented vehicle.

After arrest, Holmes was reportedly found with identification matching two other people who have allegedly accompanied Holmes in the past when stealing candles.

The LPO provided GPD with a list of fourteen other dates and valuations for merchandise allegedly stolen by Holmes, providing security footage of each theft. A total of 676 items, valued at over $11,000, were allegedly stolen.

Post Miranda, Holmes said the candles are for personal use or are given to friends. GPD reported that clothing stolen from H&M was also found in the car. Further charges are pending.

Articles about arrests are based on reports from law enforcement agencies. The charges listed are taken from the arrest report and/or court records and are only accusations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

  • Seems like a real POS! Looks like one too! Next time use your EBT card!!

      • I thought she looked masculine…you say you’re his mother?
        Why did your child end up being a thief? Why
        Is your child resorting to crime? Is it your failure
        As a mother that he is unsure of his sexual identity?

  • Damn that’s a LOT of candles. Where’s that Motel 6 when you need one?

    The lights were definitely not turned on.

  • The readers should know and be aware that, unfortunately, these reports are ONLY for those criminals who have been caught. These are a very small percentage of those perpetrating crimes, as MOST never get apprehended. If they DO happen to be caught, most get off with a light bail or no actual jail time. Welcome to the world of “Law & Disorder”.

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