5 adults, 2 teens arrested for shoplifting at Gallatin Walmart
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -
Gallatin police arrested five adults and two juveniles for allegedly shoplifting at a local Walmart on two separate occasions, stealing thousands in merchandise.
Authorities discovered the stolen merchandise, some of which had been wrapped as Christmas gifts, while they were executing a search warrant on two homes in Portland.
"They had a little tree and a lot of presents around the tree. There wasn't much room for anything else in the room," Officer Bill Storment said.
Investigators say 37-year-old Jenny Andrews and her 31-year-old husband, Christopher Andrews, is the mastermind behind the shoplifting ring.
According to police, the Andrews dropped off the younger members of the group, which included their 20-year-old daughter, two of her friends and two minors, at the store and waited for them to return with cart loads of stolen merchandise.
Police said the group of shoplifters was ultimately identified by surveillance video.
Gallatin police are working to determine if the group is suspects in other similar crimes.
Most of the stolen merchandise, including toys, electronics, clothing and shoes, valued at $3,500, has since been returned.