Clarkstown Police announced on Monday that two individuals had been arrested on Black Friday for shoplifting a substantial amount of clothing from local shopping centers.
In the first incident, police were called to the Macy’s at the Shops at Nanuet. Loss prevention employees at the store reported the suspect, Yueh Lin, 61, of Pomona, had been observed taking $1,235 worth of clothing.
In the second incident, police were called to the Lord and Taylor at the Palisades Center Mall, where loss prevention employees reported Violeta Harris, 41 of the Bronx, had been observed with $1,259 worth of stolen clothing.
Lin and Harris were arrested and charged with fourth degree grand larceny and fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies. Lin is due back in court on an appearance ticket on January 7 while Harris is due in court on January 17.
UPDATE: A third case of grand larceny and robbery occurred on Black Friday, according to Clarkstown Police.
In the third case, a female and male suspect were observed as they left the Kohl’s in Nanuet with a jewelry box which they did not purchase at around 7:25 p.m. When confronted by a store employee outside the store, a physical struggle ensued and both suspects fled on foot. No injuries were reported to the employee.
Responding patrols identified Veronica Lantigua, 38, of Tarrytown as the female suspect and arrested her. Lantigua had allegedly stolen merchandise valued at $1,228.67, which warranted a charge of fourth degree grand larceny, fourth degree criminal possession of stolen property and second degree robbery, all felonies. For accosting the employee she was also slapped with second degree harassment, a violation.
Lantigua’s alleged accomplice has not been identified or found yet, but witnesses described him as a heavy set Hispanic male in a bubble vest and a NY Yankees baseball cap.
Lantigua was arraigned in the Clarkstown Justice Court, where her bail was set at $1,000. She is expected back in court on December 29.