TUCSON, Ariz. — Tucson police have arrested four women they say
were part of an organized gang that shoplifted tens of thousands of dollars’
worth of cosmetics, jewelry and other merchandise from area retailers.
Police spokeswoman Sgt. Maria Hawke said in a statement that police have a
warrant for a fifth woman they suspect was involved in the ring.
Hawke said a retailers’ organization told police earlier this year that a group
of women shoplifters appeared to be targeting CVS stores. After police launched
an investigation in August they learned the women were targeting several other
retailers as well.
Hawke said Tuesday that detectives learned the women were transferring the
stolen merchandise to others, who then sold it at a local swap meet. Police say
they recovered more than $100,000 in merchandise.