The New Year’s holiday was a busy time for security personnel, loss-prevention employees and police officers working at NorthPark Center, with shoplifting incidents hitting the department stores especially hard. Even two teachers were among those arrested in connection with separate incidents.
At any rate, we’ll have the rest of the week’s crimes up on the blog soon, but this is a sampling of what thieves were up to during a two-day period at NorthPark last week. Hopefully order has been restored now that the holidays are behind us.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
At 12:09 p.m., a shoplifter stole a sweater a three sweatshirts, with a combined value of $593, from Dillard’s. Linda Ann Swilley, 60, was arrested on a theft charge and taken to jail.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
At 1:18 p.m., a shoplifter stole $208 worth of Ralph Lauren clothing and accessories from Dillard’s. Ryan Prescott Banks, 18, was arrested on a theft charge and taken to jail.
At 5 p.m., a shoplifter at Macy’s tried to stuff three pairs of Prada sunglasses, with a combined value of $814, in his shirt pockets and sleeves, and a $98 pair of Ralph Lauren shoes down his pants, and walk out of the store. Julio Cesar Montoya Jr., 25, was arrested on a theft charge and taken to jail.
At 5:50 p.m., two thieves were caught on surveillance cameras removing tags from clothing items at Dillard’s, then placing them on other higher-priced items. In all, the duo paid $46.18 but took $684 worth of merchandise. One thief fled the scene on foot, but the other was arrested at the scene and refunded the $46.18 in exchange for the items. Sarah Bowers, 25, was arrested on a fraud charge and taken to jail.
At 7:30 p.m., a shoplifter stole a $228 purse from Dillard’s before being apprehended. Beverly Talley Fain, 56, was arrested on a theft charge and taken to jail.