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Five women charged with stealing more than $100,000 of merchandise from Maryland retail stores

Five women were charged with stealing more than $100,000 of clothing and other merchandise from retail stores in an alleged organized theft ring operating in Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Charles and Montgomery counties, the state Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday.

Tyrayah Shonita Graham, 23; Donna Leurine Moye, 39; Lisa Marie Williams, 54; Lyric Taj McLaughlin, 21; and Tiara Kianna Baker, 19, were charged with conspiracy to commit a theft scheme with a value of $100,000 or more, according to Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office. Moye and Williams are also charged with possessing and selling counterfeit goods.

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None of the suspects had attorneys listed in online state court records.

The women allegedly targeted retail stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Victoria’s Secret and Pink, prosecutors said. They would enter a store together, put large amounts of merchandise from store displays into large bags they brought with them, then leave without paying, prosecutors said.

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For retailers, shoplifting is an unavoidable cost of doing business. But now, officials say, a greater threat is emerging: theft and fraud by highly organized criminal rings.

“Images of the stolen goods were then posted on Instagram to advertise the items,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors did not say specifically how much was stolen, or from where.

“These individuals stole thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise through an organized operation and then advertised for sale the stolen goods on the Internet,” Frosh said in a statement. “Working with our partners, we were able to shut down this ring and put the thieves behind bars.”

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