County police arrested a Crofton woman Thursday on charges of stealing almost $1,000 in merchandise from Nordstrom department store in Annapolis Mall.
A security guard told police she saw a woman who entered the store shortly after 6 p.m. pick up two pairs of gloves and a scarf, valued at $176, and exchange them at the register for $117 and another scarf, worth $64.
The woman then picked up a purse, two wallets and a day planner, all worth $487, and exchanged them for $467 worth of other merchandise, police said. As the woman walked away, the guard saw she was concealing two pairs of gloves, two shirts, a sweat shirt and a bottle of body oil, together worth $282, police said.
The guard stopped the woman and held her for police.
Police charged Nancy Ruth Shaw, 38, of the 2700 block of Price Road with felony theft.
Police arrest clerk in theft scheme at store
Police arrested a clerk at a Glen Burnie discount store Thursday on charges of stealing $480 by charging customers the full price of purchases but ringing up a lower price on the register and pocketing the difference.
An internal theft investigator at the Dollar Bills store in the 6700 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, told police he saw the woman steal $80 Thursday using the ruse.
When the investigator interviewed her, she admitted in writing that she had stolen $80 Thursday and $400 since she began working there in October, police said.
Police arrested Amie Marie Pilger, 18, of the 4000 block of Sixth St. in Baltimore and charged her with one count of felony theft and one count of petty theft.
Suspect in theft returns to store, is arrested
County police arrested a Baltimore man Thursday and charged him with felony theft in the shoplifting of two tool kits from the Glen Burnie Sears store.
A security guard told police he saw a man enter the store in the 6600 block of Ritchie Highway about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, take a 348-piece tool set valued at $400 from a store display and leave without paying for it.
The guard said he chased the man, but couldn't catch him.
The man returned shortly after 3 p.m. the next day; took another tool set, this one worth $50, from a store display; and did not pay for it, police said. But that time, another guard caught him outside and held him.
Police arrested William T. Sheldon, 28, of the 2900 block of Rayshire Road and charged him with theft.
Woman, teen-ager charged with stealing from 3 stores
Police arrested a Baltimore woman and a 17-year-old girl Wednesday on charges of stealing clothes from three stores at Marley Station.
The pair were apprehended shortly after 5 p.m. by a security guard for Macy's after he saw them place a $116 pair of Guess jeans in a store shopping bag and leave without paying, police said.
Officers said that when they questioned the girl, she told them other stolen merchandise was in the car of a friend.
Officers found clothing worth $261 from Lerner store, $814 worth of clothing from Gymboree and clothing from other stores in the friend's trunk, police said.
Myra Denise Matthews, 34, of the 800 block of W. Lexington St. in Baltimore was charged with felony theft from Gymboree, theft from Macy's and Lerner and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Ms. Matthews was being held in lieu of $20,000 bond.
The 17-year-old girl, who lives on Hollins Street in Baltimore, was charged as a juvenile with theft and released to her aunt, police said.
Man knocks woman down near her home, steals purse
A thief knocked down a Crofton woman as she and her 4-year-old son walked to their front door Thursday and stole the woman's purse, county police said.
Tamara Susanne Wates, 27, told police she and her son were near their house in the 1400 block of Chatham Court just after 9 p.m. when a man knocked her down and fled with her purse.