Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials might have arrested six suspects who committed the March 29 “flash-mob” robbery in Santa Clarita.
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Lashay Denae Beasley, 21; Mercedes Denise Cannonier, 30; Chappell Lachell Turner, 22; Bianca Dreanne Woodson, 23; Nicole Simone Wigfall, 21; and Andera Danita Rose, 39, all of of San Francisco, were taken into custody around 3:40 p.m. Wednesday in Ventura for burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
“Deputies responded to the Tory Burch store in the Camarillo Premium Outlets for a burglary that had just occurred,” according to a Nixle release from statement from the Camarillo Police Department and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
The arrests come 10 days after a group of women were seen on camera rushing into a Sunglass Hut, stealing about $20,000 worth of merchandise and then taking off before Sheriff’s Station deputies could arrive on scene.
A detective with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station is trying to determine if the two crimes are related, but positive identifications have not yet been made in the Santa Clarita theft.
On Wednesday, deputies reported a group of six to eight women entered the store with large shopping bags. The suspects quickly went through the store loading merchandise into the bags they brought in with them.
One of the store clerks recognized the suspects from a previous burglary that occurred one to two months ago.
During the previous burglary, one of the suspects threatened to shoot the clerks if they intervened, according to the statement.
Based on that information, the clerks believed the suspects could have been armed.
When the store employees tried to contact the suspects, the suspects fled the store with the merchandise, without paying for any of the items.
The suspects were in the store for approximately 30 seconds. The employees were able to see the suspects get into a gold Chrysler minivan.
The suspects left the outlet mall’s parking lot and headed toward the 101 freeway, according to the statement.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department deputies working in the Thousand Oaks area located the van traveling southbound on the 101 Freeway near the Hampshire Road off-ramp.
Deputies conducted a “high risk” traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the six suspects. One of the store clerks was brought to the location of the traffic stop and identified all of the suspects as being the ones who stole the merchandise from the store.
Deputies searched the van and located the “booster bags,” which contained the stolen property from the Tory Burch store.
Deputies also located additional clothing items that were believed to have been stolen from several other stores. Detectives are following-up on the other potential victims.
The suspects made bail and are due back in court on April 16, according to Sheriff’s Department records.
“Santa Clarita detectives have been in contact with Ventura County (Sheriff’s Dpartment officials) throughout the day,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials are trying to determine if the six suspects arrested in Ventura County are the same ones who stole from the Sunglass Hut in Valencia on March 29.
The suspects were arrested and booked into the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura for burglary, conspiracy, possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
The suspects have been released, after paying a bail set at $20,000, according to sources.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station Detective Jeff Burrows at 661-255-1121.
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Source: Santa Clarita News