City jailer faces shoplifting charges

A Shreveport City Jail employee is on administrative leave after being charged with shoplifting from a local business.

Jiontanelle Owens faces one count of misdemeanor theft for taking items from Village Mart in the 2500 block of Hollywood, said Sgt. Jim Taliaferro, police spokesman.

Owens, while in uniform, was seen on surveillance cameras concealing items and leaving the business without paying for them on Nov. 7.

“She was seen on store video, by store employees,” Taliaferro said. “After she left the store, they went to the area where the suspicious activities occurred and realized that there was specific clothing missing.”

Owens later confessed to taking a warm-up suit valued at less than $200, which later was returned to the store.

Owens, who was hired as a jailer in August 2007, was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. She was issued a summons ordering her to appear in court.


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