Caught on camera: Woman stealing from children’s boutique

The owner of a children’s boutique, Cassandi’s in Livingston Parish, is asking for help identifying a woman caught on camera stealing clothing.

“The first outfit she took was $69 and the second one is a $60 outfit,” said owner Whitney Rogers.

The incident caught on camera was on Saturday, April 30, 2022 around 10:56am.

Rogers said the woman was in the shop about 30 minutes along with other customers. However, when all the customers left, Rogers said the woman asked the one employee for a shoe size that was not out front, meaning the employee had to go find it in the back of the store. The shop was left unattended during that time.

“You see her looking at clothes and watching the back to see if the employee walks back out, but eventually, she started sticking the clothes in her purse,” said Rogers.

The sad thing is, Rogers had just put up the cameras the day before suspecting things were going missing from her boutique.

“I just put up cameras on Friday because I’ve had so many people steal. Bows go missing. I’ve been noticing lately whenever I open the store to find a bunch of empty hangers. I’m a small business owner and I can’t afford to hire 5 employees for a shift. If I have a jam-packed store and the employee is checking people out, she can’t keep tabs on everyone else in the store,” said Rogers. “I bought the store in March 2020 right before Covid. I’ve only been open about a year because in Oct. 2020, I closed and reopened May 1st 2021 in Juban Crossing so I just made a year yesterday. Since Covid, I’m only making enough money to pay my bills. I finally made enough money to put up cameras and the second day they were up, I caught this lady on camera stealing from my store.”

Rogers has reported the theft to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information on the woman’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call LPSO at 225-686-2241 Ext. 1.

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