New Castle County DE Oct 19 2016 Three women have been charged with stealing more than $20,000 worth of high-end kitchen and bathroom faucets from home improvement stores throughout New Castle County, according to state police.
Troopers first started investigating the morning of Sept. 15 after employees at Lowe's Home Improvement Store in the 1000 block of East Songsmith Drive reported faucet thefts, said Sgt. Richard Bratz, a spokesman with Delaware State Police. Through the investigation, police identified three women had worked together to steal the products from Lowe's, Bratz said.
Police were also able to show the women – later identified as 35-year-old Lakiesha S. Hargrow and 24-year-old Geneara Shovall, both of Wilmington, and 27-year-old Deerna Johnson, of Pennsylvania – committed other similar thefts, he said.
Detectives were able to link the women to thefts at:
Lowe’s, 1030 E. Songsmith Drive, Bear
Lowe’s, 2000 Ogletown Road, Newark
Lowe’s, 3100 Brandywine Parkway, Wilmington
Lowe’s, 2225 Hessler Blv., New Castle
The Home Depot, 2000 Peoples Plaza, Newark
The Home Depot, 1301 Churchmans Road, Newark
The Home Depot, 601 Naamans Road, Claymont
The women were arrested Friday at a home on Polk Road as police prepared to serve an arrest warrant, Bratz said.
Hargrow was charged with two counts of felony theft, two counts of organized retail crime, two counts of conspiracy, and one count of felony selling stolen property.
She was also charged with burglary, criminal mischief and assault stemming from a warrant out of the Wilmington Police Department. Hargrow was taken to Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution near New Castle after failing to post $12,000 secured bail.
Johnson was charged with two counts of felony theft, two counts of organized retail crime, two counts of conspiracy, and one count of felony selling stolen property. She was also taken to Baylor after failing to post $10,000 secured bail.
Shovall was charged with two counts of organized retail crime, one count of conspiracy and one count of felony selling stolen property. She was taken to Baylor in lieu of $8,000 secured bail.
Anyone with information should contact Cpl. B. McDerby at (302) 365-8533. Tips may also be provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.