Six women were arrested Thursday and charged with theft and criminal conspiracy after they allegedly ran from a shoe store in Main Street Oak Ridge with about $3,300 worth of stolen merchandise, police officers said.
Oak Ridge Police Department Detective Marvell Moore said he had been conducting a retail theft patrol near Rack Room Shoes at about 1:19 p.m. Thursday. While in the parking lot, Moore said in arrest warrants filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court, he saw the women enter Rack Room Shoes with large purses and plastic bags that appeared to be empty.
“Based on my training and experience, I know that shoplifters will carry large empty bags to conceal merchandise,” Moore said in the warrants.
After a short time, Moore said he saw the women run out of Rack Room Shoes with the same bags that they had when they entered. However, now the bags were full, Moore said.
Witnesses immediately told Moore about the thefts, according to the warrants.
After stopping the suspects, Moore said he recovered $3,329.72 worth of merchandise concealed in the bags.
The women had exited the store while possessing stolen merchandise, Moore said. The merchandise was documented and then returned to Rack Room Shoes.
One of the defendants, Mauricesheia Tiara Goins, 29, of Knoxville, was charged with criminal conspiracy, theft, and possession of tools to interfere with security devices. Goins had an anti-theft magnet used to unlawfully remove the security devices from 26 pairs of Timberland work boots, Moore said.
Another of the defendants, Khariah Monae Blair, 22, of Knoxville, was charged with criminal conspiracy, theft, and criminal impersonation. She did not give her correct name during the investigation, and Moore said he only learned her true identity after she was taken to jail. Blair had outstanding warrants from a neighboring agency, Moore said.
The other four defendants were charged with criminal conspiracy and theft. They are Almasia Diamond Campbell, 23, of Knoxville; Shabazz Trana Magwood, 22, of Knoxville; Dayonna Kyressee Williams, 22, of Maryville; and Delaysa Shamont Williams, 21, of Knoxville.
All of the defendants have their first court dates on Tuesday, November 26, in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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