BY JENNIFER CABRERA
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.
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