NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – The Tanger Outlets opened in Antioch two weeks ago, but police are already investigating thousands of dollars in stolen items.
A man and woman were caught on camera running out of a Michael Kors store with handfuls of expensive jackets and bags on Sunday, the Metro Nashville Police Department said.
In a cell phone video obtained by WSMV4, you can see the employees fighting back and trying to stop the thieves.
I already had a dislike for Tangers Outlets before opening since it made traffic in the area a pain in the ass and even deeper pain when it opened. But that is the grumpy old fart in me which also dislikes this trend of Grab & Run crime and would not mind seeing these criminal get a bit (a lot) of justice. But it seems my opinion is not held by everybody.
Dorea Fitzgerald saw the video but said the theft is not stopping her from coming to the new outlets to shop. She’s lived in the area for more than 15 years and has already seen the community be uplifted by the new outlets.
“I feel like it’s part of the holiday season,” Fitzgerald said about the theft. “People are going to steal. That is what it is. I’m not concerned.”
And I betting that if the shoplifters offer to sell one of the expensive coats for a fraction of the price, she will not hesitate to buy it and parade around with it during the holiday gatherings family and friends.
But we cannot expect anything else. After years of “accepting” and “normalizing” bad behavior including murder, retail theft is now at the same level of decorating the Christmas tree or sending or watching a game after Thanksgiving dinner.
Will Karma pay her a visit? I would hope so, but that again is the old fart in me talking.