Surveillance Video Helps Capture A Woman Suspected In Five Thefts

Surveillance video helps lead to the capture of a Smith County woman, suspected of stealing lawn merchandise from three different stores. "She was just real comfortable. She had that wallet out like she was shopping," says Destry Duckett, the deli manager at The Market in Whitehouse, one of the stores Bryant allegedly stole from.

Authorities say 40-year-old Debbie Ann Bryant stole merchandise from The Market between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. in not once, not twice, but three times over the past six weeks. "She picked one of these up and put it in her car. She was taking the flamingos," says Duckett, pointing to similar items Bryant allegedly stole.

But there's something Bryant was not counting on. "After about the third time, the owner installed a surveillance camera," says Duckett. On the tape, Bryant appears calm... in no rush at all. Duckett says, "She would pick something up she would stick her wallet under her arm. And then she'd open her trunk and put her wallet in her mouth and put the item in the trunk of her car."

Police say Bryant also stole lawn items at the Brookshire's in Whitehouse back in January. Officer James Stewart says, "She did that while they were open. People saw her and gave us a description of her, but it wasn't until we had her on video tape that you actually see for yourself what she looks like."

An officer on patrol Saturday morning spotted Bryant. Authorities say she had just stolen lawn items from the Wal-Mart on Troup Highway. She was arrested for having a suspended driver's license. Once in custody, she confessed to the thefts.

Bryant faces four class B misdemeanor theft charges. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and a $2,000 thousand dollar fine.

Oralia Ortega, reporting.