Three women pleaded guilty in Baltimore Circuit Court to theft charges in connection to an organized shoplifting ring targeting stores such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Victoria’s Secret, Maryland’s attorney general announced Friday.
Two of the women, Tyrayah Graham, 23, and Tiara Baker, 20, were convicted of conspiracy to commit a theft scheme of $100,000 or more, Attorney General Brian E. Frosh said. A third woman, Donna Moye, 40, pleaded guilty to theft scheme over $100,000, Frosh’s office said.
“These women planned and operated a brazen, coordinated shoplifting ring,” Frosh said in an announcement. “Many of them walked into a store together, overwhelmed what security was present, grabbed expensive merchandise and fled.”
Frosh said Graham and Baker acted as high-level “boosters,” shoplifting merchandise they planned to re-sell. Moye acted as an intermediary between the “boosters” and a “fence” who ran a store of stolen goods at a home on N. Port Street in Baltimore.
The women stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise at multiple locations between January and June of last year, some of which was captured on surveillance video, the state’s attorney’s office said. The women targeted clothing, accessories and make-up retailers such as Dick’s, Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Hollister and ULTA.
Members of the theft ring would enter a store, grab large quantities of goods from store displays, hide items in bags and leave without paying, according to the state’s attorney’s office. They advertised goods for sale on Instagram.
Baker was sentenced to six years in prison, which will run concurrently with a sentence in an unrelated case. Moye was sentenced to 10 years, with all but time served suspended and three years’ supervised probation. Graham will be sentenced on Sept. 25.
Cases involving two other defendants, Lisa Williams and Lyric McLaughlin, are pending in Baltimore Circuit Court.