Ripley Torbett, serial Target shoplifter, caught after two-month streak

Ripley Torbett, serial Target shoplifter, caught after two-month streak

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24-year-old Ripley Grace Torbett stole merchandise from multiple Target locations between October and December 2023. On October 29th, at the Target on Old Hickory Boulevard, there is video footage showing Torbett taking a $149.99 Little Tikes Toy, a $549.99 Elvie Breast Pump, and a third unknown item up to the self-checkout and scanning them as $2.39 Himalayan Sea Salt. Then, she completed the transaction for the sea salt and left with the other three items, which she did not scan or pay for. The total value of the stolen items was $699.98. On November 8th, at the Target on Lebanon Pike, there is footage showing Torbett gathering $572 worth of merchandise before taking them to the self-checkout, scanning two items that were worth $1 each, and leaving without scanning or paying for the other two, increasing the total of items she stole from Target to $1,271.98. On December 6th, at Target on Charlotte Pike, there is video footage of Torbett going to the self-checkout pretending to ring up merchandise by waving the scanner over multiple items in her cart. She then used an EBT card to pay for $9.56 worth of grocery items but not for the other items, which totaled $607.71, and then left. Lydia Wheeler, a loss prevention employee for Target, submitted this shoplifting report to detectives with an identification sheet from the Murfreesboro Police Department. After reviewing the provided evidence, detectives were able to identify Torbett, and she was taken into custody for two counts of theft on March 6th.

Ripley Grace Torbett (MNPD)
Ripley Grace Torbett (MNPD)

Ripley Grace Torbett was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on March 6th, charged with two counts of theft of merchandise. A judicial commissioner set her bond at $3,000.

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