Two young women, who local authorities are labeling as “professional shoplifters,” have been accused of stealing and attempting to resell thousands of dollars worth of women’s merchandise, according to a news report in The Washington Post. Police report that the pair, ages 19 and 24-years-old, have walked into department stores across the region and stolen expensive, high-end makeup, lotions, and perfumes to later resell on the street, sometimes out of the trunk of their cars. The two “cosmetically-inclined thieves” are allegedly part of an organized shoplifting ring.
A JCPenney loss-prevention employee at the chain’s location in the Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden recognized the women as suspects in previous shoplifting incidents and alerted authorities. Police seized almost $20,000 in makeup, perfume, and other beauty products. The women were carrying a third of the merchandise in large canvas shopping bags and the rest of the stolen goods were in their car. Both of the women were charged with theft over $1,000 and theft scheme.
Online court records show that both women have been released on bond since the arrest. If convicted, the penalties for theft over $1,000 in the state of Maryland can be a prison sentence of 10 years or more depending upon the value of the stolen property and fines of at least $10,000.00. Theft over $1,000 is also considered a felony charge.
If you are a Maryland resident facing shoplifting charges, contact a felony theft defense attorney in Waldorf at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer. Our experienced legal team has a successful track record of defending clients against a variety of theft charges and will work diligently to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced. To see how our legal team can assist you in your case, call (866) 444-6363 for a free case evaluation.