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MONROE OH Sept 29 2010 — Three Dayton women are facing theft and other charges for their alleged shoplifting activities at several stores at Cincinnati Premium Outlets.
Tequila Gaines, 18, is charged with receiving stolen property and theft. Isis Morrell, 19, is charged with theft, criminal tools and receiving stolen property and Danette Postell, 18, is charged with obstructing official business and receiving stolen property.
All three are scheduled to appear for pretrial hearings Oct. 18 in Lebanon Municipal Court in Warren County. Two juveniles, also of Dayton and Trotwood, were released to their parents with charges pending in 4 to 6 weeks from the Warren County Juvenile Court, said Police Officer Paul Corbeil.
Monroe police received a call from Valor Security at the mall at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, about a shoplifter who was being followed by security from Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Store security detained two females, Morrell and a 17-year-old juvenile, for allegedly stealing a pair of women’s shoes from the store, valued at $100.
The incident also was observed on video by loss prevention, Corbeil said.
“While speaking with (the juvenile) she was found to be in possession of a screwdriver-like tool with a slit like end. She stated she used the tool at the outlet mall to pop security sensors off of clothing items and then conceal them,” he said.
Morrell said that she knew the juvenile had stolen the pair of shoes while she was with her, Corbeil said.
After being taken into custody, Morrell gave him permission to search her vehicle. She was informed that the pair had been seen at the mall by security for more than five hours making several trips to the car, but they had never been seen purchasing items in the store.
“Isis Morrell finally admitted that it was her idea for five girls to go to the outlet mall to steal and that she knew two of the girls had tools to remove sensors,” he said.
Police said she admitted to providing bags for everyone to put the stolen items in that would be used to conceal the clothes.
Corbeil said while processing Morrell and the juvenile, three other females — Postell, a 15-year-old and Gaines, arrived on scene and wanted to know what was going on with their friends. He said he separated all three.
The 15-year-old was in possession of a screwdriver, stolen jewelry from the mall and a couple of shirts from Charlotte Russe.
“She admitted she knew the plan for coming to the mall was for everyone to steal items,” Corbeil said.
Gaines was found to be in possession of stolen jewelry items from Claire’s, which she denied stealing, he said. However, she admitted that she came to the mall to steal too, he said.
Postell said she was not with the other girls when they were stealing, Corbeil said.
Upon searching the vehicle belonging to Morrell, he said several bags of stolen clothing, shoes and jewelry items were found in the trunk and front of the vehicle totaling $1,655.
In addition, Corbeil said four bags of brand new clothing and miscellaneous baby items were found in the vehicle with the tags still on them, but it could not be determined what stores the items came from. The merchandise totaled $750.
Dayton Daily News