Elderly women accused of boosting bags of goods from stores | Crime
A trip to the mall Saturday morning ended with a trip to jail for a couple of elderly Region 8 women.
Nancy Kaye Mott, 66, and Brenda Faye Tate, 66, both of Caruthersville were arrested on shoplifting charges after police say they stole more than $2,000 worth of merchandise from two stores at the Mall at Turtle Creek, 3000 E. Highland.
Just before noon police were called to Dillards where an employee reported seeing the woman stuff multiple items of clothing into empty store bags and then walk out of the store.
Before hauling them to jail, Officer Chris Perry took the women to their parked car to get Tate’s identification.
Prior to taking them, Perry reportedly asked the women numerous times if they had any more stolen items in their vehicle. Each time the women replied “no.”
However, when they arrived at the car, Perry reported seeing “numerous JC Penney bags with a lot of merchandise in them” in plain view.
When asked if they had stolen the items, the women reportedly said “yes.”
A JC Penney employee was called out to the car to retrieve the stolen merchandise; but, Perry said the cart couldn’t contain all of the clothes, jewelry and household goods, including dishes and a wastebasket. So a mall security officer had to put it in his Gator and haul it back to the store.
Store officials placed the amount of stolen items at $1,486.
Once all the merchandise was retrieved, Perry took Tate and Mott to the Craighead County Jail where they were initially charged with felony theft greater than $1,000. The charge was later reduced to misdemeanor theft.
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