FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WXTV) — Two women are caught in Franklin, Tennessee with tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise on them and in their car.
Security at Franklin Kohl's on Tuesday afternoon recognized two suspected organized criminals inside the store from an online retail theft information-sharing system, according to Franklin police. An agent notified a Franklin police flex team officer that the women were concealing "massive" amounts of merchandise under their skirts.
Surveillance video appears to show one of the women concealing an item.
Officers stopped the women when they walked out of the store. They were discovered to be carrying nearly 30 pounds each of stolen makeup and merchandise, estimated at almost $15,000 total, in bags under their skirts, tied around their waists, police say.
Police report an additional $19,500 in merchandise, from other Kohl's stores, was found in their car.
The two are responsible for thefts in excess of $94,000 from nearly 50 stores, police say. They are reportedly linked to similar thefts between Tennessee and Texas.
One suspect is identified as 26-year-old Isabela Tomescu, of Oklahoma City. She is due in court on May 23 to face charges of organized retail crime and theft.
An alleged accomplice, Daniela Listor, faces the same charges as Tomescu. U.S. Immigration authorities picked her up from jail, police say.
The Franklin Police Department said they credit Kohl’s loss prevention agent with the arrests and the substantial recovery.