When Coon Rapids Police stopped two alleged shoplifters for stealing clothes from a store, they found clothing from another Coon Rapids store in their vehicle as well.
Tony Lamaine Harrison, 41, Minneapolis, and Theresa Alice Spike, 40, Minneapolis, are due back in Anoka County District Court Nov. 13 on felony theft over $1,000 charges.
At their arraignments Oct. 17, bail for Harrison was set at $20,000 and for Spike at $15,000.
Responding to a theft report from Sears, 12737 Riverdale Blvd., Oct. 17, police learned that a man and woman had pushed a cart full of merchandise out of the tool exit at the store without paying and fled in a silver minivan.
Armed with the license plate number, police located the van and stopped it, finding three people in the vehicle and observing items from Sears in plain view, according to the complaint.
Loss prevention officers at Sears allegedly identified two of the van’s occupants, Harrison and Spike, as the two seen stealing merchandise, putting it in bags and then leaving without paying.
Twenty-eight items of clothing were recovered from the vehicle totaling $806.78, but police also allegedly located 15 other items of clothing, all with security tags, that were not from Sears, but from JC Penney and valued at $619.89.
In a post-Miranda statement, Spike allegedly admitted to the theft from Sears and that she and Harrison has also stolen items from the Coon Rapids JC Penney store.
She allegedly admitted they had both put the clothing from both stores in bags to steal.
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