Filched burgers leads to arrest of alleged repeat shoplifter


Mary Grace Garmon

By Joe Johnson

A repeat shoplifter was arrested Wednesday after she was caught allegedly stealing hamburgers at an Athens convenience store, Athens-Clarke County police said.

According to Property Crimes Unit Detective Nathaniel Franco, 20-year-old Mary Grace Garmon of Hale Lane was caught placing two hamburgers into her back pack at RaceTrac on Atlanta Highway and leaving the store with these items without paying.

When contacted by the responding officer Garmon reportedly gave a fake name.

“I responded to the scene and recognized her immediately as Mary Grace Garmon,” Franco said. “She already had shoplifting warrants for two cases I had signed on her.”

One of the warrants was for the theft of make-up and pens from CVS on Alps Road in January.

“I recognized her right away from the surveillance footage and obtained a warrant,” Franco said.

“The same day of the CVS case, she was also caught attempting to steal a large amount of make-up from Kroger, located at 196 Alps Road, she but fled and ditched the merchandise when confronted.”

The detective said he again recognized Garmon from surveillance footage and obtained a warrant.

“Garmon is a subject repeatedly involved in shoplifting crimes,” Franco said. “While misdemeanor shoplifting, in and of itself, is considered a minor crime, we often deal with the same subjects committing these crimes repeatedly, as is the case with Mary Grace Garmon.”

When booked into the county jail on the shoplifting warrants, the woman was additionally charged with giving false information to police and served with one outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on a previous shoplifting case and another warrant for violation of probation in connection with a previous shoplifting conviction, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

As of Thursday afternoon, the county jail’s website indicated Garmon was being detained with no bail set for the probation violation and failure to appear in court charge.

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