By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Three women arrested Friday night stole $1,728 worth of merchandise from Kohl’s Department Store, according to a report filed with Lawrence District Court by Officer Jay Corr.
Yris Lantigua Garcia, 52, of 53 Lexington St., Beatriz Caceres, 30, of 17 Washington St., and Katerine Duran, 24, of 11 Lawrence St., all of Lawrence, pleaded not guilty to larceny over $250 and conspiracy to commit larceny yesterday. Lawrence District Court Judge Michael Uhlarik released them on their own recognizance and continued their cases until July 10.
Kohl’s reported at 8:13 p.m. that three women had taken a large quantity of jewelry and clothing and left the store without paying for it. A Kohl’s loss prevention specialist detained Garcia and Caceres, but Duran ran into the North Andover Mall parking lot, according to Corr’s report.
Corr and fellow Officers Jay Staude and Brendan Gallagher went to the scene and questioned Garcia and Caceres. Garcia claimed she didn’t speak English, but Corr obtained the key to Caceres’ car, according to his report.
The officers found Caceres’ car, where they found Duran hiding on the floor of the rear compartment. When Staude ordered her to “get out of the car,” she refused, police said. So Corr unlocked the car and he, Staude and Gallagher removed her and placed her in handcuffs.
The three women entered the store together, gathered large amounts of clothing, including lingerie, as well as jewelry, then went into a changing room, according to Corr’s report. When they emerged from the room, they appeared to be carrying fewer items, police said.
Store employees noticed that Duran was carrying a large black purse. Corr, Staude and Gallagher recovered the purse from Caceres’ car when they apprehended Duran, Corr wrote.
Some of the merchandise, which was returned to Kohl’s, may have been stolen from TJ Maxx, a store that is adjacent to Kohl’s, police said.
Lt. Charles Gray, spokesman for the North Andover police, said his department is investigating the possibility that Garcia, Caceres and Duran may be part of an organized shoplifting ring. The police intend to prosecute them “to the full extent of the law,” Gray said.