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'Flash mob' women stealing merchandise arrested

A screen grab from surveillance video shows a group of women stealing about $20,000 worth of sunglasses and merchandise from a Valencia store on Saturday, March 29, 2014,

April 15, 2014 12:56:57 PM PDT
Six women allegedly caught on camera using "flash mob" techniques to steal sunglasses from a Valencia store have been arrested.

Lashay Denae Beasley, 21; Mercedes Denise Cannonier, 30; Chappell Lachell Turner, 22; Bianca Dreanne Woodson, 23; Nicole Simone Wigfall, 21; and Andera Danita Rose, 39, were arrested April 9 while allegedly conducting another burglary in Camarillo.

Their bail was set at $20,000 each.

Deputies were called to a Tory Burch store at Camarillo Premium Outlets at about 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday. Witnesses told deputies that six to eight women entered the store with shopping bags and proceeded to load them with merchandise.

A store clerk recognized the suspects from a previous burglary, where one of the suspects threatened to shoot the clerks if they intervened. The women were in the store for only 30 seconds before running out and leaving in a gold Chrysler mini-van.

Thousand Oaks deputies spotted the van on the southbound 101 Freeway near the Hampshire Road ramp and stopped them. Deputies found the stolen merchandise in the van and other clothing items believed to be stolen from other stores.

All six suspects are from the San Francisco area. Deputies allege they had been on a crime spree, conducting burglaries all over the state.