In the auto burglary case, a man and a woman were caught on surveillance camera in the 1700 block of Amelia trying car doors, and later that day actually made it into a truck and stole several times, police said at the time. Tracy Skipper, 19, and Gamaliel D. Patterson, 30, were later picked up in a separate incident by police in the neighboring Second District, but Sixth District Detective Jeffrey Yount was able to identify them in the Amelia Street cases, said Sgt. Marc Hedgemon at a recent meeting of the Sixth District’s ranking officers.
As detectives continued to investigate the case, the pair were ultimately charged with 13 counts of simple burglary apiece, jail records show.
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The shoplifting cases took place Aug. 18 and Aug. 21, with one woman caught on camera fleeing from American Apparel with a bundle of clothes in the first case, and three women caught stealing from the store in the second incident, police said when they released the initial images from the thefts. The videos captured the women fairly directly, but police were initially unable to determine who they were, Hedgemon said.
After the videos were publicized, however, an an envelope was dropped off at the Second District station containing photos of the suspect in the first case and two of the women in the second case, all individually labeled with their names, Hedgemon said. Detectives investigated each name, then secured arrest warrants for all three.
“That was citizen action at work,” Hedgemon said. “That one anonymous tipster turned in photos that uncovered each case.”
The three women had not been located or arrested as of Friday afternoon, jail records show.