Two Daytona Beach police officers busted a theft ring while escorting Santa. (Photo: Daytona Beach Police)

Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring

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Officers Joe Evans and Courtney Wooleyhan were returning to duty, after escorting Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Tanger Outlets tree lighting, when they saw two men stealing a tire from a vehicle in the parking lot. 

The officers detained the men as well as two women who accompanied them.

Inside the suspects’ car, the officers found stolen merchandise from Old Navy, H&M, Express, Polo, Rue 21 and Under Armour. 

Police identified the suspects as Johnarian Young, 19; Shaijuan Christie, 25; and Debbie Champagnie, 47, and an unidentified 16-year-old. 

The stolen merchandise and tire were returned to their rightful owners, police said. 

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