Traffic stop leads to discovery of merchandise worth thousands
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

April 5, 2006 -- Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Hopkins County sheriff's investigators late Wednesday morning launched an investigation into what is suspect to be thousands, and possibly tens of thousands, of dollars worth of women's clothes stolen from a large department store chain.

The investigation resulted from a traffic stop made by state troopers midmorning Wednesday on a vehicle with out of state license plates.

The three occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody for questioning after officers found literally thousands of dollars worth of women's clothingin store shopping bags and at least three large garbage bags. The women's clothing still had the store tags on them, but the trio could not produce receipts or any other form of  verification that they had purchased the items from Dillards. The value of the clothing ranged from $199 per piece upwards, according to sheriff's reports.

Two of the suspects had been charged, one on a misdemeanor offense and another on an out-of-town warrant.

Sheriff’s investigators were working alongside state troopers at noon, trying to track the expensive apparel back to the store or stores they came from to verify whether or not they are stolen and determine charges.

While the trio remained in custody at noon, officials had yet to file any charges in connection with the clothing, according to officials who noted the case is ongoing.

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