Alleged shoplifters say they heard ‘free holiday’ instead of ‘tax free’

Alleged shoplifters say they heard ‘free holiday’ instead of ‘tax free’

Two shoplifting suspects claimed it was all a misunderstanding that led to their arrests.

On Friday afternoon, the women were at the Von Maur store at Perimeter Mall, which was full of back-to-school shoppers and those wanting to take advantage of Georgia’s Tax Free Holiday.

“Tax Free Holiday?” the suspects asked, seemingly shocked, according to Dunwoody police.

They had heard something about that but must have misunderstood, the two told officers.

“We thought it was ‘Free Holiday,’” the alleged shoplifters claimed — as in take what you want without paying for it, according to police.

Simone Norris, 26, and Brittany Yawn, 23, both of Temple, helped themselves to several items, including two $79 Ralph Lauren shirts, two $148 jackets, two pairs of Nike pants with $65 price tags, and two pairs of $105 jeans, the police report states.

Officers inside the department store caught one of the suspects in the act, according to police. The second was outside in the parking lot wearing stolen merchandise, police said. One woman was allegedly wearing stolen jeans under her sweatpants — in 90-degree weather.

Norris and Yawn were both arrested, charged with felony shoplifting and booked into the DeKalb County jail. Both were released early Saturday after posting bond, jail records showed.

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