Three people charged with shoplifting at mall

March 01, 1996

County police arrested two women and a man this week in two shoplifting incidents at the Montgomery Ward and J. C. Penney stores in Annapolis Mall, authorities said.

Michael Huber, a security guard at Montgomery Ward, told police he saw a man take three shirts and two pairs of jeans into a fitting room about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, come out with one pair of jeans and leave without paying.

Clerks found no clothing in the room, and Mr. Huber stopped the man outside the store. He found that the man had hidden three shirts and a pair of jeans, all worth $103, under his clothing.

Gary Donell Morgan, 31, of the 400 block of Hammond Place in Annapolis was charged with theft.

Security guard Jim Zurawski told police he saw two women pushing a stroller in the children's clothing department of J. C. Penney about 3 p.m. Wednesday. The women took clothing into the fitting room, came out and twice went in again, putting some items back and picking up others, police said.

Later, the women walked out of the fitting room carrying nothing and left the store. A sales clerk checked the room and found it empty, police said.

Mr. Zurawski stopped them outside and held them for police. He found that they had hidden the shirts, shorts, two pairs or jeans and a hat in a diaper bag on the stroller.

Portia Lynette Owens, 23, of the first block of Brookebury Road in Reisterstown and Davida Cassandra Ford, 24, of the 400 block of Armstrong Court in Laurel were charged with felony theft.

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