A woman who stole more than $2,100 worth of merchandise from multiple outlet stores in Walton County over the weekend has been arrested after leaving evidence at the scene of the crime.
A WCSO deputy responded to Silver Sands Outlets in Miramar Beach around 2 p.m Friday where an employee at Ann Taylor had discovered several security tags in a dressing room that had been removed from merchandise, according to a press release. Along with the tags was a cell phone left by the suspect.
After finding the cell phone the deputy was able to make contact with the suspect’s husband and get a description of the vehicle she was driving.
The deputy spotted the vehicle in the parking lot of Silver Sands near the location of the thefts being driven by Brooke Amber Sutton, 27. Inside her vehicle, deputies discovered six pairs of designer jeans totaling more than $1,000 stolen from Saks 5th Avenue and approximately $1,100 worth of costume jewelry and clothing stolen from Ann Taylor.
“This is a prime example of quick thinking done by our deputies,” said Sheriff Michael Adkinson. “They used the phone to get a description of the suspect’s vehicle and were able to make an arrest quickly. That’s good police work.”
Sutton was arrested on two counts of felony retail theft and was transported and booked into the Walton County Jail. She made bond the following day in the amount of $5,000 and is awaiting trial.