From tech-savvy stereos, to pricy hard drives. Police say they've busted a gang of shoplifters that made HUNDREDS of thousands of dollars from thefts at local stores. 3 Good evening. Police say they PRETENDED TO BE shoppers...but turned out to be thieves... And have been hitting Walmarts and Targets around the region for 6 months. Officers have made 5 arrests, after they say the thieves hit 19 stores in 5 different counties.. Including..Clay, Putnam, Alachua, Orange. Officers sayt he fifth county, Duval is where the majority of the crimes happened. Channel 4's Hailey Winslow joins us now live with details about how police pulled off this big bust. Hailey? 3 3 3 0-1011-1650-551:20-1:25Christy Bowie doesn't feel secure knowing the store she shops at has been hit by a group of thieves...And it's one of many Walmarts and Targets hit in the county...and region... Police arrested 5 people they say have stolen more than $100,000 worth of merchandise EACH...In a total of 19 cases ...Here's the breakdown ...3 in clay...1 in waldo 2 in putnam 1 in orange and 12 in Duval... Investigators arrested Arkeen Woods, Samaria Gay, Antonio Calhoun, Jaron Scott, and Wesley Walker, charging them all with grand theft...Police say they worked together...one would man the getaway car, another was on the lookout, and a few would go into the store...sensors on the merchandise often set off the store alarms but the thieves were able to get away for months before they were caught...Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson says that shows a lot of thought went into itBut WalMart is making moves too.A Spokesperson for the mega chain says stores have increased their asset prevention teams, which has helped deter crime...In a statement she says..."We have a dedicated team of associates in all of our stores who are diligent in identifying those who break the law, and we've had strong success in stopping and preventing those who try to steal from us."...comforting news...but some, like this mother, are still concerned... 3 This isn't the first time we've seen a similar string of shoplifting cases in northeast Florida before. Back in October, officers arrested 6 people for racketeering and scheme to defraud. They were accused of stealing over 49-thousand-dollars worth of goods from Walmarts in 8 different cities, including, Jacksonville, Macclenny, Orange Park, Starke, Gainesville and Ocala. Officers have NOT said whether those thefts are connected with this most recent string of thefts.