Two women arrested in statewide shoplifting ring

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8:08 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 8:08 a.m.

Police arrested two Jacksonville women and a teenager late Tuesday who are suspected of working as a statewide shoplifting team specializing in apparel.

Investigators said the women would shoplift from chain stores in several Florida cities and then take the clothes to retail outlets in other cities to exchange the items for cash.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, the three-member shoplifting team was stopped after they attracted the attention of an alert Victoria’s Secret employee at The Oaks Mall around 3 p.m.

Those arrested were identified as Sheree Renae Jackson, 27, Cheryl Tharlane Neal, 41, and a 17-year-old girl.

In arrest reports, Officer Derek Tirado said that, based on statements by the suspects, it appears the trio had gone to stores in Tampa, Orlando, Brandon and Jacksonville, as well as The Oaks Mall. One person would steal clothing, according to police. Then the group would go to stores in other cities, and another person would claim she did not want the items and would receive cash for the merchandise.

Items found inside a rental car the women used to drive to Gainesville on Tuesday included $271 worth of clothing stolen from Victoria’s Secret and $123 worth of clothing stolen from American Eagle, according to Tirado’s report.

A search of the car also turned up a purse that had been modified to thwart anti-shoplifting devices and several anti-shoplifting sensors that appeared to have been removed from clothing, Tirado said.

The teen was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice following her arrest.

Jackson was charged with using an anti-shoplifting device, grand theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Neal was charged with three counts of organized dealing in stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Both women were being held Wednesday at the Alachua County jail.

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