Woman charged with stealing nearly $200,000 worth of Coach merchandise

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A heavy shipment of expensive high fashion items landed a woman living in a Whitehaven motel behind bars on Tuesday.

Police have charged Krystin Whitmire, 42, with embezzling handbag company Coach of nearly $200,000 worth of merchandise.

Memphis police say the Days Inn on Elvis Presley Boulevard is where Whitmire received thousands of dollars in Coach/Tapestry merchandise over a one-year period and where she was arrested by Memphis police on Tuesday.

“And they knocked on the door, she wouldn’t let them in, so the receptionist gave them the key to let them in and they brought her back and took her to the police car,” said one. Days. Hostel employee.

Whitmire is listed as being from North Carolina, but the police affidavit says she has lived at the Days Inn for the past three years.

Police documents show Whitmire worked for a Florida-based company that provides “virtual customer service” through inbound calls from Coach/Tapestry customers. While employed, police say Whitmire was able to access the Coach system and have various products shipped to room 217 of the Days Inn.

She began ordering products in late 2021 and continued until Coach suspected fraudulent activity and disabled her access to order products in early 2022.

The total loss to Coach/Tapestry is alleged to be $196,098 over a 12 month period.

Whitmire may have recruited others for the same “virtual work” and used their access to order Coach/Tapestry products and have them shipped to the motel in Whitehaven. Police say they will advertise it on their Facebook page.

Whitmire was arrested Wednesday morning. She is expected to appear before a judge again on Friday.