Madison WI Nov 6 2016 Four people, including a 14-year-old girl, were arrested Sunday for shoplifting, with one suspect telling police they allegedly were stealing specific merchandise to be sold to clients later on for half the retail value.
Jermaine Harris, 24, Kristel Tate, 26, Sonja Griffin, 33 and the girl, all of Madison, were arrested for being party to the crime of retail theft, Madison police said.
The arrests were made near Sears at West Towne Mall, the second department store to notify police on Sunday, after the suspects dropped clothing at JC Penney when confronted by security earlier in the day.
According to police:
The merchandise being taken was to satisfy orders given by people on what to steal.
"They were taking orders from people to steal specific merchandise that would later be sold to the 'clients' for half the retail value," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.
"That is how the criminal enterprise worked, according to one of the suspects," DeSpain said.
In the first attempted shoplifting, the suspects allegedly tried to take about $500 worth of clothing from JC Penney but were spotted and confronted by security guards at about 11:45 a.m., the items dropped while the suspects fled.
At about 2 p.m., the four suspects were seen again, this time at Sears.
"Three of the suspects were acting as lookouts while the fourth stuffed items in bags," DeSpain said. "Two bags were recovered from the trunk of a car being used by the suspects and about $150 worth of merchandise was returned to Sears."
One of the suspects told police they did the same thing on Saturday.