Mentor MI April 30 2011 A former Abercrombie & Fitch employee is accused of stealing more than a $1,000 worth of clothes and money from the store in Great Lakes Mall.
The loss prevention manager had noticed the store’s winter inventory was short this February, Mentor Police Lt. Tom Powers said. Consequently, the manager set up a camera to record employees.
Mallory Babika, 23, of Wickliffe, was repeatedly filmed stealing clothes from the store, Powers said.
“She would go into a changing room with an article of clothing and come out wearing it,” he said.
Babika is also accused of filing fraudulent clothes returns and pocketing money, Powers said.
According to the police report, Babika is suspected of taking $1,449 worth of clothes and money from the store between Feb. 2 and April 27. She was arrested from the store and charged with theft Wednesday, Powers said.
Babika was arraigned this morning in Mentor Municipal Court. She is out on bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
If convicted of theft, Babika could be punished with probation or up to a year in prison.