Consignment store owners speak up after thousands of dollars of merchandise stolen

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police are looking for suspects from a burglary at Sugar Plum and Simply Divine Consignments.

On Mar. 12, at approximately 5:30 a.m., the alarm went off after several suspects entered Sugar Plum after hours.

The suspects stole $50 worth of coins, designer bags, sunglasses, shoes, and jewelry, police said.

The total value of the items stolen from Sugar Plum is around $10,000.

One of the witnesses told police, they saw one of the suspects enter the office and destroy the camera.

When officers arrived on the scene, they saw the front door was pried open, and the inside fence chain was cut.

MPD told FOX13, the camera cords were cut, and the camera equipment was stolen.

“My spirit is broken, you know, I work hard every day,” said Vanessa Evans, Owner of His and Hers Consignment Boutique.

Evans told FOX13 her store had been robbed Monday night.

The cost of what they lost is six digits deep.

“So far we’re looking at over $100,000 worth of merchandise,” said Evans.

Five days later, Jackie Couch’s Simply Divine Consignment shop, had also been robbed.

Couch said this is a trend these store owners are sick of seeing.

“As a small business owner we’re just tired of this,” Couch said.

Couch said the robbers entered her store around 6 a.m.

“I immediately said ‘Get out of my store! The police are on their way,” said Couch.

Couch showed FOX13 a wireless camera with speakers she used to let the robbers know to get lost.

Evans said it’s a haunting feeling knowing criminals are doing this right under their noses.

“While we’re asleep at night, the criminals are figuring out a way to try to take from us,” said Evans.