Posted at: 01/04/2013 10:43 PM
By: Steph Crock
(ABC 6 News) -- Four people from Minneapolis have been arrested accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise from a half dozen different stores in Rochester.
"Mall security called the police department saying that they had four adult suspects walking around the mall, going around to various stores in the mall, and stealing merchandise," said Lt. Eli Umpierre with the Rochester Police Department.
Police identified the four suspects as Eric Mathis, Nadia Jones, Shawn Martin, and Tracey Hardin. Police say they would even split up to steal. They'd meet back up at the car, drop of their loot, and go back for more. They're accused of taking almost $3,000 worth of merchandise.
"It's very disappointing to think that somebody would just come into your store and take things," said Bruce Dahlstrom, owner of the women's clothing store "hers." He says they were in that position not too long ago. Their store in Apache Mall was also robbed.
"What we've done to try and confront that, is to install security cameras in our stores," said Dahlstrom. So far, that plan has worked for them. "We've caught some people on camera red handed and turned them into the police, then pressed charges," he said.
Police say they get a lot of calls like this, but that theft is everywhere you go. "People shoplift probably at a constant level," said Lt. Umpierre.
"Theft is always disappointing, unfortunately, it is also part of the business," said Dahlstrom.
However, that doesn't mean that this crime is taken lightly. Those four people who were just caught Thursday, will likely pay a hefty price. "All four were arrested for felony shoplifting," said Umpierre.
"Don't steal from us. We’ll catch you and we'll press changes," said Dahlstrom.
Police say when they searched the suspects' vehicle, they found items from six different stores at the mall including; Aeropostale, Crazy 8, New York & Company, Justice, Bath & Body Works and Evensen's Hallmark.