Hadley police arrest three women allegedly shoplifting on Black Friday
Mountain Farms Mall in Hadley, MA (File)
HADLEY, MA (WSHM) -
Hadley police arrested three women early Friday morning in connection with allegedly taking $2,760.46 worth of goods from area shopping malls.
Hadley police officer Mitchell Kuc told CBS 3 three women were arrested at 6:40 a.m. after finding them locked out of their car with a backpack filled with supposed stolen goods at Mountain Farms Mall in front of Wal-Mart.
Arrested were Yessenia Santos, 35, Julissa Rivera, 41 and Michel Maldonado, 24, all of Springfield. Each will be charged with six counts of larceny over $250 and a single count of attempting to commit a crime, larceny over $250.
Officer Kuc had been assigned to Wal-Mart for security purposes during Black Friday morning hours and found an abandoned shopping cart filled with $459.02 worth of merchandise.
Wal-Mart loss prevention employees proceeded to review surveillance video as a result of the findings and saw three people abandon the cart. One was carrying a backpack filled with items.
According to police, the three women contacted a store employee to help them after being locked of their car.
Officer Kuc, who reviewed the camera footage with Wal-Mart employees, responded to the call and recognized the women from the surveillance tape.
Additional officers responded on scene to find the backpack in the parking lot near the women's car.
Hadley officers were able to recover merchandise from Holyoke Mall stores Zumiez, Bath & Body Works, H&M and American Eagle with a value of $2,472.30. Copyright 2014 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.