A woman who was apparently the slowest of a group of grab-and-run thieves at the mall was arrested May 21 after police were called to two separate mass shopliftings.
Macy's Women's called police to report that seven or eight suspects involved in a group grab-and-run were running from the store. At around the same time, police were called from Victoria's Secret about a similar theft there.
Loss prevention officers spotted the suspects, described as a group of black males and females, leaving the mall. Officers gave chase in the parking lot, but the suspects ran off in separate directions.
Brandy Denise Windom was arrested laying on top of or near the items recovered, but the other suspects got away. Windom, 18, of San Francisco was arrested at around 7:07 p.m. for burglary and receiving stolen property.
Twenty jackets and 22 pairs of jeans valued at $4,023 from Macy's were recovered, along with bras and underwear valued at $654 from Victoria's Secret.
It's the third time in about five weeks that area stores were hit by shoplifting gangs. The first occurred April 20, also at Victoria's Secret, with lingerie worth more than $1,800 taken in a grab-and-run robbery by six to eight suspects, including two black males and four to six black females. Forty-four brassieres were stolen in that incident.
On May 24, a gang of thieves pulled off a similar heist, taking thousands of dollars worth of jeans from the True Religion store at Livermore's Premium Outlets. Witnesses described the 10 suspects as four black men and six black women, all in their 20s. They escaped in a red 1980s Toyota Corolla and a silver car similar to a Ford Taurus. A spokesman for True Religion said the thieves made off with about $5,000 in merchandise; the designer jeans can run up to $400 a pair.