Published: Nov 18, 2010 12:41 AM EST
Updated: Nov 17, 2010 9:31 PM EST

FORT MYERS, FL-Three accused serial shoplifters behind bars after deputies catch them with thousands of dollars of stolen merchandise.

Lee County Sheriff's Office Spokesman Tony Schall says, "They have a history of doing this and this time they're behind bars."

Deputies say three thieves walked into several retail stores at the?Miramar Outlets, filled up their bags, and left the stores without ever setting off a security alarm.

That's because, they altered their shopping bags so they could steal.

"They were able to put some sort of material on the inside of them to override the security system, the tags that they put on clothing."

The thieves didn't get far.
Deputies stopped them on the I-75, but not for shoplifting.

"What started the downfall for them was not adhering to the move over act, they were pulled over for that initially."

Inside the car, deputies say they smelled marijuana. They also discovered several bags full of stolen shirts, jeans and bags.
The thieves altered?regular shopping bags, to allow stolen merchandise to pass through security devices.
Arrested were Marcel Barlatier, Tammy Tarver, and Glenice Parks, no strangers to investigators.

"These three unfortunately are professionals, they make a career, a living out of ripping people off."

Investigators say, more than 5 thousand dollars of merchandise was recovered.

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