MIRAMAR BEACH — A woman stole more than $2,100 worth of clothes from multiple outlet stores over the weekend, but left behind a valuable piece of evidence linking the thefts back to her –- a cellphone, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
A sheriff’s deputy responded to Silver Sands Premium Outlets around 2 p.m. Friday after an employee at Ann Taylor discovered several security tags in a dressing room that had been removed from merchandise.
Along with the tags, the clerk found a cell phone thought to be left behind by the suspect.
The deputy was able to make contact with the suspect’s husband and get a description of the vehicle she was driving, according to reports from the sheriff’s office.
The deputy spotted the car in the parking lot of Silver Sands near the location of the thefts. Brooke Amber Sutton, 27, of Navarre, was driving the car.
Inside the car, 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 Walton County 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 was released on $5,000 bond and is awaiting trial.