Mass. woman receives suspended sentence for organized Salem mall shoplifting ring
BRENTWOOD — A Massachusetts woman accused of engaging in an organized shoplifting ring with another woman received a suspended prison term for shoplifting and using a device designed to thwart alarm systems at stores in the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem.
Katery Lora, 24, of 237 High Street in Lawrence, was sentenced in Rockingham County Superior Court to a one- to three-year prison term after pleading guilty to participating in an organized retail crime enterprise.
Her guilty plea was part of an agreement she struck with county prosecutors that will allow her to avoid state prison so long as she remains on good behavior, according to court records.
Lora will be on probation for two years and must perform 50 hours of community service in order to avoid her prison sentence, according to terms of the deal.
Lora was arrested on June 28, 2013, along with Rosanna Fernandez, 33, of Haverhill, Mass., by Salem police. Fernandez was indicted on charge of organized retail crime enterprise, a charge punishable by up to 3 ½ to 7 years in state prison.
Prosecutors said the women worked together to steal clothes and various merchandise from Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret, Express, Gymboree, Gap Kids and Brookstone.
When they were arrested, police found that the women were using a device that prevented alarms in the store from detecting the stolen merchandise, according to court records. Lora attempted to run away from the officers when police tried to apprehend her.
She had also faced charges of conspiracy to commit receiving stolen property, willful concealment and possession of a theft detection shielding device.
Prosecutors agreed to drop charges of resisting arrest and a theft charge in exchange for the guilty plea.
Lora could have faced up to 7 ½ to 15 years in state prison on the conspiracy charge.