Two Baltimore women were convicted of a retail theft ring that stole more than $ 100,000 worth of clothing and accessories from Victoria's Secret, Dicking Sporting Goods, True Religion and other stores in Maryland, announced the attorney's office t Thursday's state.
Lisa M. Williams, 55, and Lyric McLaughlin, 23, pleaded guilty to conspiring to carry out a retail theft scheme of $ 100,000 or more, the Attorney General Brian Frosh said. A four-year Judge was sentenced by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge, Yolanda Tanner. Williams will be sentenced on 24 July.
The theft took place from January three June 2017, according to information presented in court, when Williams, McLaughlin and others focused on retailers PINK, Hollister, Sunglass Hut, Lens Crafters, Pearl Vision, JC Penney and ULTA included, Frosh notice.
McLaughlin and others would come into shops, choose large quantities of goods, put the items in large bags, then leave the shop unpaid. The women announced and sold the stolen goods on Instagram. Buyers often went to Williams' house in East Baltimore to buy goods.
“Both women took part in an organized scheme to steal thousands of dollars,” said Frosh. “Theft and subsequent sales were brazen and manifold. Honest businesses can be comfortable because we will prosecute and stop such theft rings. ”
Williams State Police searched Williams' house in June 2017 and acquired 99 accessories and clothing boxes, many of which were accompanied by price tags and security sensors. Police also managed to retrieve Williams' mobile phone, containing images and texts relating to theft and sale of stolen goods.
The solicitor's criminal investigations section investigated the case and the criminal enforcement division of the state police. They were assisted by the State Prosecutor's Office, County Baltimore County Solicitor's Office, Montgomery County Solicitor's Office and Anne Arundel, County State Solicitor's Office.