Two women were charged and two others reprimanded after being caught stealing at Kroger Saturday evening.
According to reports from the Covington Police Department, officers were called by loss prevention employees at the store after they caught the four women. The store employees reportedly told officers they saw four females, later identified as Zakari Rhodes, Tearra Smith, Shanterria Hicks and a juvenile, selecting several items from the meat department and putting meat items into a buggy with no regard for prices.
The loss prevention employees said they then saw the four women go to the detergent aisle. Smith and Rhodes stood at either end of the aisle as lookouts while Hicks and the juvenile put the meat into Hicks’ purse and handed the purse to the juvenile. Rhodes was also reportedly seen placing a can of air freshener in her purse as well.
The group then made their way to self-checkout where Smith purchased a two-liter of soda. As they left the store they were stopped by loss prevention and police were called. During a search of Hicks’ purse, they also found several small bottles of wine and some shrimp. According to reports, Hicks is under the legal drinking age and told officers she had just given birth to her second child within the last three months.
Kroger elected not to prosecute Smith and the juvenile was released to her stepfather. Rhodes and Hicks were arrested and charged with shoplifting.