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Five adults and one teenager are under arrest after police say they shoplifted more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from multiple stores and lied to police about their identities and actions.
Clinton Police received a 911 call on Tuesday, Aug. 19 around 1:30 p.m. reporting a shoplifting incident at the Nike Store at Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets. The caller said that six females were involved in the incident and had already fled the store. Police responded to the area and located two suspects as they were trying to leave in a vehicle. The license plates had been removed from the vehicle by the suspects in order to avoid detection.
Upon searching the vehicle police found merchandise from Adidas, Under Armour, Old Navy, Yankee Candle, and Bath and Body Works valued at more than $1,000. A large kitchen knife was found under the passenger seat, and police also found snips used to remove security sensors.
Police continued to search the area and located the other four suspects who were identified through statements from witnesses, the other suspects, and surveillance footage provided by Nike. The investigation revealed that the suspects had arrived in two separate vehicles.
Five of the suspects were adults and a sixth was a 16-year old teenager. Police said the adults all lied to police about their actions and provided false names and dates of birth. The suspects were transported to the police department and were processed. During processing all of the suspects were identified. Two of the suspects had warrants outstanding from other police departments and all of the suspects except for the teenager had criminal records for similar activity.
The suspects were identified as Atavia Wilson, 35, of New Haven; Darlyn Shepard, 34, of New Haven; Tavrie Wicher, 22, of New Haven; Leanie Hayes, 22, of New Haven, and Alexzae Tyson, 18, of New Haven. The five adult were each charged with larceny in the fourth degree, conspiracy to commit larceny, and interfering with a police officer.]
Wilson was additionally charged with carrying a weapon in a vehicle and was turned over to the New Haven Police Department who had an outstanding arrest warrant for her.
Hayes was additionally charged on two other arrest warrants for failure to appear in Milford court and failure to appear in New Haven court.
The suspects were released on bond and are scheduled to appear in Middletown court on Sept. 2. The teenager was released to the custody of a parent.