ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Two women are facing charges in connection with the theft of nearly $23,000 in perfume from a Pittsburgh-area mall, authorities said.
According to WPXI-TV, Ross Township police arrested Stephanie Hopkins and De Siree Riley on Thursday after a manager at the Ross Park Mall’s Nordstrom store accused two women of stealing more than 70 bottles of luxury fragrances in two separate incidents.
The manager told police that the women initially stole 43 bottles of Tom Ford and Sauvage perfume on Monday, according to the criminal complaint. The manager said the pair returned Thursday and took another 30 bottles of Tom Ford perfume before leaving, police said. The stolen merchandise was worth an estimated $22,900, WPXI reported.
Police, who obtained descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle, also said a toddler was with the women at the time, according to WPXI.
An officer tried to stop a car that Hopkins was driving, but she fled, the complaint said. Police said they later located the car parked in Stowe Township, found and arrested the women, and recovered the merchandise, WPXI reported.
Hopkins, of Pittsburgh, and Riley, of McKees Rocks, each face charges of retail theft and possessing an instrument of crime, according to WPXI. Hopkins also faces charges of endangering child welfare, fleeing police, using a suspended license and traffic offenses, the news outlet reported.
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