(WBIR) An East Tennessee task force meant to slow down the number of holiday shopping crimes made its 'biggest bust' of the season so far when it arrested a group of out-of-town women on Friday.
Knox County Sheriff's Office said its Safer Holidays Task Force arrested three women Friday evening who had thousands of dollars worth of merchandise stashed in their car.
KCSO said Kohl's in Farragut alerted them around 5:30 p.m. about three suspected shoplifters. Officers apprehended the women outside the store. In the women's car, authorities said they found devices to get around store security, and $10,000 worth of merchandise from stores throughout the region.
KCSO said the incident is the largest bust the Task Force has had this year since it started back in November.
Authorities said all three women are Cincinnati residents. They're identified as Yolanda Stevens, 36; Johnita Jones, 34; and LaToya Turner, 35. KCSO said the women will be charged with felony theft and other charges are pending.
Officials said they believe the recovered merchandise was stolen from stores in Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.
The task force is divided into five groups spread around town and each group is catching about 10 people a day for shoplifting or car theft. This was the task force's 250th arrest so far this year .