Three arrested in fraud and theft at JC Penney www.privateofficer.com
The only problem was they didn’t pay for a stitch of it, prosecutors allege.
Busted were Peruvian natives Eduardo Cossio, 41, Marchelo Medina, 40, and July Wendy Tutiven, 35.
A law enforcement source said cops on anti-theft patrol in the mall saw the trio exit two stores carrying bags of clothing that had sensors attached. They followed the suspects to a car in the parking lot where they were seen stuffing the clothing into a large laundry bag. Cossio had in his possession two “white metal hooks” that court papers said are used to remove plastic sensors from clothing.
Officers also allegedly saw a “booster bag” in the car, which is used to conceal property and remove it from stores without setting off security alarms.
The suspects drove off and cops followed and pulled them over on Victory Boulevard and Morani Street near the Staten Island Expressway.
The source said they stole clothes from Express, New York & Company and other shops in the mall.
The defendants are charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of stolen-property possession, said a spokesman for District Attorney Daniel Donovan. They are also accused of possessing burglar’s tools.