"They're stealing anything and everything" Spirit Halloween has been falling victim to numerous thefts

On Monday, another theft happened at Spirit Halloween. The only difference is this time a person got away with over $400 worth of merchandise.

Posted: Oct 28, 2021 5:55 PM
Updated: Oct 28, 2021 6:02 PM

LAFAYETTE, LA (KADN)- It’s a spooky season in Acadiana and one local Halloween store has been getting more tricks than treats. Spirit Halloween on Ambassador Caffery Pkwy. has been falling victim to numerous thefts.

Leah Miller, the owner of the local spirit Halloween, has been experiencing thefts on an everyday basis.

Miller loses up to $30,000 worth of merchandise due to theft. She describes the week before Halloween as “hell week” for herself and her employees.

“Mainly during these last two weeks, it really picks up people start getting desperate. They're coming in and they're stealing anything in everything,” Miller said.

On Monday, another theft happened. The only difference is this time a person got away with over $400 worth of merchandise and it was all caught on camera.

Miller told News15 that those who steal usually travel in groups. Once they take the items they want, they run out to a nearby getaway car and rarely come back again.

“There's really nothing we can do. You know, we have to proceed with caution when dealing with people like this because you just never know in this day and age what someone may or may not do,” she said.

The high-demand items that are stolen are police and prisoner costumes.

“They're also stealing kids a lot of horrors, accessories, jewelry, anything, and everything,” she added.

For Miller, it’s already tough trying to get items in stock during a pandemic, so losing them to theft is a hard pill to swallow.

“Our product has been very, very delayed. You know, we've just received up to 60% of our delayed shipment this past week. So, it's really frustrating for the staff that's been working so, so hard,” she said.

The week before Halloween is the busiest time for their store and they will be fully staffed. So, the owner advises those who come in to think twice before stealing.

“Just hope you don't get caught. So, if I catch you … I will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.

Those who were caught on camera stealing on Monday still have yet to be identified.

Both Spirit Halloween locations in Lafayette will remain open for business until Tuesday, November 2nd.

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