Three New York women face charges after police say they stole clothing from Tanger outlets stores Aug. 25.
Delaware State Police were called at 4:25 p.m. after someone reported that the women had shoplifted clothing from the Columbia Sportswear store, said Sr. Cpl. Leonard DeMalto of the Delaware State Police.
The women had concealed merchandise in large handbags and were spotted walking through the parking lot of Tanger’s Bayside Outlets when police tried to contact them. DeMalto said the women walked away and then physically resisted when police tried to detain them. Troopers were able to take three of the four subjects into custody at the scene, DeMalto said, but a fourth unidentified female suspect fled the area on foot. DeMalto said the women had shoplifted from several outlet stores and had worn various disguises while doing so. The suspects had also concealed stolen items underneath vehicles in the Bayside Outlets parking lot, he said.
Delaware State Police arrested Jennifer Ramirez-Sanchez, 24, and Sophia Gonzales, 24, both of Flushing, N.Y.; and Nubia Garcia, 51, of Brooklyn, N.Y., on charges of felony wearing a disguise during the commission of a felony, felony possession of shoplifting tools, two counts shoplifting under $1,500, resisting arrest, and third-degree conspiracy. Gonzales and Garcia were also charged with hindering prosecution, and Garcia faces a criminal impersonation charge. All were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of secured bond – Sanchez on $4,000, Gonzales on 4,500, and Garcia on $5,000.
Delaware State Police Troop 7 continues to investigate this case and asks anyone who witnessed this incident to contact Trooper First Class Z. Falk at 302-703-3321. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or at delawarecrimestoppers.com.