An Oklahoma City police task force and local mall investigators took down three suspects associated with an organized retail theft ring. The women were arrested Tuesday morning.
Police said the task force had been tracking Shatori McNack, 23, Chamiah Daniels, 25, and Kernisha Meadows, 27, for months. They are believed to have stolen $80,000 worth of merchandise from stores at Penn Square Mall over a span of three months.
“Three of the people thought to be involved in this ring were at these stores yesterday,” said Officer Megan Morgan, Oklahoma City Police Department.
Court documents indicate one woman acted as a lookout, while the other two went into the store. They grabbed large amounts of women’s clothing and undergarments, then stuffed merchandise in bags. They were out of the store in about 30 seconds.
Police caught up with two of the suspects in the mall parking lot, and the police helicopter located the third woman in her car. The female suspects were arrested on multiple complaints including grand larceny, conspiracy to commit a felony and committing a pattern of criminal offenses.
This is not their first run-in with the law.
“Each of these individuals have been arrested with Oklahoma City Police Department,” said Morgan. “At least once for shoplifting.”
Task force investigators believe the arrested suspects are part of a larger organized theft ring but may have been responsible for the bulk of the loot.
“The unit will continue to investigate,” said Morgan. “They will continue working with local loss prevention and hopefully be able to get more suspect information now that they’ve got three of them in custody.”
One of the suspects also admitted to carrying 90 counterfeit $100 bills in her car.