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Police arrest three in alleged mall shoplifting spree

Police arrest three in alleged mall shoplifting spree

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Police arrested three people accused of stealing sunglasses worth more than $1,200, along with several clothing, personal care and other items from the Premium Outlets, 11211 120th Ave., Thursday night.

An 18-year-old man and two women, ages 35 and 49, all of Milwaukee, were taken into custody at the outlet mall at 5:50 p.m., according to Lt. Pete Jung of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department. He said the clerk provided a description of the three, who were located by officers on the other side of the mall.

Missing items were allegedly taken from three stores — Sunglass Hut, Justice and Zumiez in the mall.

Jung said when officers searched the suspects’ vehicle, they found other items that were believed to have been stolen from the outlet mall center in Gurnee Mills just south of the border in Illinois.

“We’ve got one bag of stuff where they bought two items but had 30 items in the bag,” he said.

In addition to the sunglasses, most of the items were clothing, makeup, hygiene products and party supplies. The value of the items were still being determined late Thursday.

Police recommended charges of felony and misdemeanor theft, including three counts of possession of a device used to disable anti-theft mechanisms on merchandise, for all three suspects.

The 18-year-old was also being held on felony bail jumping stemming from a felony fleeing charge in Milwaukee. A charge of obstruction also was recommended for the 35-year-old woman, who is the man’s mother, after she gave officers a false name in identifying her son.

While under arrest, according to Jung, the man was trying to destroy the evidence. Jung said the man could also face a charge of obstruction.

“He was in the back of the squad trying to destroy his ID card,” Jung said. “We put that back together and figured it out like a puzzle.”


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