Duo accused of ripping off dozens of retail outlets busted after causing disturbance

Duo accused of ripping off dozens of retail outlets busted after causing disturbance

POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 1:34pm

Two women are behind bars for allegedly scamming several retail stores. The duo were caught with nearly a dozen fake ID’s that police believe were used to purchase roughly two dozen gift cards. However, the extent of the crimes they’ve been accused does not end there.

The Mandeville Police Department was called to the Victoria’s Secret store located on Hwy. 190 on Wednesday, Nov. 28. An employee called police after two women became “irate” when they were denied a refund on items.

Officials say Renada Robertson, 32, of New Orleans and Demaria Conner, 25, of New Orleans went into the store and took items off the shelves. They then claimed they had bought the merchandise and wanted to return them. When the clerk refused, the women “caused a disturbance.”

Officers conducted an investigation and found the women to be in possession of roughly a dozen suspected fake Louisiana and Texas identification cards. Investigators believe the women used the ID’s to purchase roughly two dozen gift certificates at various retail outlets, which were also confiscated. They also found a shopping bag lined with aluminum foil, which they suspect was used to defeat security alarms. Security tags that are typically taken off of merchandise that’s been legally purchased were also located in their bags.

Officials are still working to identify all of the supposed victims. Although a full dollar amount has not yet been determined, they estimate the woman were in possession of roughly $2,000 to $4,000 in stolen merchandise.

Robertson and Conner were both arrested and charged with Felony Theft of Goods, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Burglary Tools, Disturbing the Peace and Remaining After Being Forbidden.

This case is still under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.

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