CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — Police said two women who helped swipe hundreds of thousands of dollars in items from stores along the East Coast were finally caught in the Charlotte area.
Police told WSOC-TV that a loss prevention agent at a Target store on Bayfield Parkway saw Shiann Johnson and Destiny Williams preparing to steal items from the store Sunday.
He called police, who surrounded the store.
One woman was caught inside. Officials said the other woman made a run for it and was caught at the Buffalo Wild Wings nearby.
Kannapolis police said the agent in Target was familiar with their method emptying a filing cabinet box, stuffing $6,000 of electronics into it, then paying for the just the cabinet and walking out.
Police said the pair is from Brooklyn, New York, and part of a larger theft ring that has been doing the same thing all along the East Coast stealing from Target and CVS stores.
Police said they got thank you calls from both corporate offices after the arrest and they said the group is accused of stealing $200,000 in total from various stores.
People who shop at the stores were shocked to the pair was caught at their store and glad to hear they were stopped in their tracks.
“Thieves should get what they deserve. I don’t think anybody should get away with it,” Karen Bostic said.
Johnson and Williams were charged with felony larceny, felony organized retail theft, resisting public officers and other charges.
The women were both placed under a $300,000 bond and are currently in the Cabarrus County jail.