A San Jose woman who was in possession of more than $5,000 of stolen Victoria’s Secret merchandise was arrested Wednesday in San Rafael, police said.
An employee of the lingerie store Victoria’s Secret at Northgate mall reported at 7:45 p.m. that a woman walked out of the shop with merchandise without paying, San Rafael police Lt. Dan Fink said.
The employee reported that the woman left in a silver BMW X3.
San Rafael police Officer Thomas Collins, who regularly patrols the area due to the high incidence of retail theft at Northgate mall, was nearby, recognized that the suspect and vehicle description matched a report of a similar crime one week ago.
Officer Collins spotted the BMW northbound on Las Gallinas Avenue near the mall. He followed the vehicle onto southbound Highway 101 and pulled over the driver on the 1800 block of Lincoln Avenue.
The driver identified herself with a false name and denied being at Victoria’s Secret. The officer saw a Victoria’s Secret bag in the back seat and asked the driver to step out of vehicle.
As she got out of the car, the driver attempted to hide two California identification cards with her true name on them, police said.
After searching her car, police found more than $5,700 of stolen Victoria’s Secret merchandise, many still with security tags attached. About $2,700 worth was stolen from the San Rafael store, while more than $3,000 was stolen from another unknown store branch, Fink said.
Harmonie Tayler, 26, was booked into Marin County Jail on suspicion of burglary, false personation, possessing stolen property and three outstanding warrants.
She remained in custody in lieu of a $195,000 bail.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the San Rafael Police Department at 415-485-3000. Interpreters are available to assist tipsters. Callers may leave anonymous tips.
The department also has a website set up to accept tips without leaving identifying information. The department’s “Silent Witness Tip Form” is available on the web at srpd.org/tips.
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