The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested this crime duo for stealing items from TJ Maxx and returning them for hundreds of dollars in store credit.
On July 28th, deputies arrested Katelyn Kemp, DOB 3/24/93 (no permanent address), for stealing shoes and socks from the Tuttle Avenue location. That arrest prompted an investigation by the TJ Maxx National Task Force, which found additional thefts and returns involving Kemp and Kathleen Zahn, DOB 1/15/74, 1660 7th Street, Unit A, Sarasota. On five different occasions in July, one woman stole merchandise and the other returned it for store credit totaling more than $1,700.
Kemp and Zahn are each charged with one count of Scheme to Defraud and one count of Grand Theft. Both have extensive local arrest histories for larceny, fraud, retail theft and drug charges. Zahn’s history reaches back to 1994 but Kemp has 15 arrests in just the past two years. Both say they steal to fuel their drug habits.
“This is another example of our strong collaboration with store loss prevention to crack down on retail crimes in this community,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Retail theft affects businesses and consumers, so we will continue to work to reduce this problem locally.”