LAWTON, Okla._ Two suspects were arrested Friday after two retail employees at two different businesses told police a customer had stolen their private property while on the job.
The first incident happened at Kmart where an employee called police after she realized her cell phone and keys had been stolen from her jacket pocket. The employee said a man, later identified as Billy Crawford, could be seen on the store's surveillance video taking the items from her jacket.
The video also showed the clerk helping Juanita Hardy, a friend of Crawford's at the jewelry counter. Crawford approached the jewelry counter separately wanting to make a purchase. Hardy presented a credit card to pay for the items.
When police arrived to Kmart both Crawford and Hardy were still shopping inside. Crawford was arrested after police found marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in his pocket. Hardy was released, but later arrested at the Executive Inn on Cache Rd. after police linked her to a credit card that was stolen earlier in the day from Merle Norman, a cosmetic store located just north of Kmart.
A Merle Norman employee told police Hardy had come in to the store and requested a make-over. She said Hardy abruptly ended the make-over when she asked to use the restroom, which is located near a room where employee items are stored. When Hardy returned from the bathroom she told the clerk she would be right back, but never returned.
The clerk grew suspicious when Hardy never returned. Due to Hardy's odd behavior she went to the back room and found her purse to be empty. After getting in touch with her bank she learned several charges were applied to her account at Kmart.
When police caught up with Hardy at the Executive Inn, they found several items in her room that had been purchased with the stolen credit card and arrested her.
Hardy and Crawford were not from the Lawton area. Both suspects had outstanding warrants for their arrests out of Wichita County, TX.