CrimeTracker 15: Trio of Women Arrested for Theft

Posted Tuesday, April 24, 2012 --- 11:10 a.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Retail Theft

Incident Date: 04/22/2012 - 3:15 PM

Address: West Towne Way (Kohl's), 261 Junction Rd. (Copps)

Arrested: Johanna I. Robinson, age 32, Madison
Ms. Robinson was arrested for Retail Theft and Casual Possession of Marijuana.

Latrice R. Brooks, age 34, Madison
Ms. Brooks was arrested for Retail Theft, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Tara I. Hatter, age 36, Madison
Ms. Hatter was arrested for Retail Theft, Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Details: Kohl's loss prevention officers summoned police to their store on West Towne Way Sunday afternoon after a trio of women allegedly attempted to steal more than $460 worth of merchandise. Store staff members tried to stop woman as she carried a bag of stolen items to an awaiting vehicle. The thief dropped the loot and jumped in to the getaway car where the other women were already seated.

Store surveillance video showed all three had been together inside the Kohl's and appeared to be working as a team. Security staff members were able to provide police with details about the getaway car, including a license plate number. It was stopped about an hour later in the 5800 block of Balsam Rd.

The three suspects were inside, as was a wire cutting tool, several large empty purses, and merchandise from several stores. One suspect admitted she and her accomplices had been involved in several acts of retail theft that day. More clothing items from Kohl's were found, as were several boxes of cologne - they also came from Kohl's.

There were several bottles of alcohol that were allegedly taken from Copps, 261 Junction Rd. One suspect (Ms. Brooks) had more than a dozen pieces of jewelry, valued at more than $190, in her shoulder bag. Price tags read: “Charming Charlie,” which is a store at the West Towne Mall.

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