Police arrest 4 for $17K heist at Ulta

Police arrest 4 for $17K heist at Ulta


MADISON — Four Louisiana women were arrested and charged in a shoplifting scheme that took more than $17,000 worth of merchandise off of store shelves here last week, the authorities said..

Those arrested were identified as Mikiara Williams, Dimecia Williams, Lakota Edwards and Rachelle Bindon. All of the women are from Baton Rouge according to the Madison Police Department.  

Mikiara Williams, 27, is the only woman that remains in custody. She was denied bond because she had a hold for another agency. She has been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and two counts of felony shoplifting.

All the other women arrested received charges of felony conspiracy to commit a felony and two charges of felony shoplifting as well. Those three have posted bond and are out of jail.

“The case will be presented to the Madison District Attorney’s Office for prosecution,” a release from MPD said.

On Dec. 7, at about 2:43 p.m., officers of the Madison Police Department were notified by associates at Best Buy, 175 Grandview Blvd, concerning two females who were currently inside the store concealing items.  

Officers responded to the area and began surveillance, officials said.  

While doing so, an additional set of females were observed exiting the store with other suspected stolen items concealing them in a vehicle in the parking lot.  

After concealing the suspected stolen items, the females were observed entering Ulta Beauty where they allegedly took several items without paying for the merchandise.  

Once these females exited the parking lot, officers conducted a traffic stop and recovered the items from Best Buy and Ulta Beauty.  

Authorities say the items recovered were in excess of $1,000 and therefore, they were charged with felony shoplifting.  

During the traffic stop, the original females exited Best Buy and were observed by officers concealing a large quantity of merchandise in the trunk of a vehicle in the parking lot.  

Officers were able to detain the two females and recovered several items that were not paid for. These items totaled well in excess of $1,000 as well, according to MPD.  

Further investigation revealed that the same individuals were responsible for a theft at Best Buy earlier in the month.  

Authorities say a total of $17,129.00 in merchandise was recovered by officers and returned to the retail stores. 

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