Serial Shoplifter Arrested Again

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A Papillion man with four prior shoplifting convictions has been arrested again. Omaha Police say they caught the suspect trying to sell a pair of pants he swiped from Dillard's.

A police report describes how an off-duty officer recognized Jeremy Kellis, 37, the moment he walked into the Oakview Dillard's Monday morning.

Kellis had three prior shoplifting convictions from Oakview stores alone - one from that Dillard's.

The officer and loss-prevention staff watched him shop. They believed he took merchandise and put it in a backpack.

Kellis left the store before the officer could talk with him. Knowing his history, the officer suggested Kellis may try to sell whatever he took. That officer called the nearby second-hand retailer Plato's Closet, and described Kellis. He asked them to call if the man came in.

An hour and a half later, Plato's Closet called.

Police arrested Kellis, finding him with a pair of jeans, two ball caps, and athletic pants - all matching missing items from Dillard's.

All together, the haul retailed for roughly $170 dollars.

A worker at Plato's Closet told the officers Kellis was a regular, who often brought in seemingly new clothing.

Because of his priors, Kellis will be charged with a felony. At the time of his arrest he was out on bond for an unrelated felony shoplifting charge.

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