2 Conn. women accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothingBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
August 14. 2017 10:27PM
SALEM — Two 18-year-old Connecticut women are facing an organized retail crime charge after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothing from the mall this past weekend.
On Saturday just before 8 p.m., a Salem police officer who was working a detail at the Mall at Rockingham Park called for backup, saying he was trying to catch two women believed to have shoplifted from Macy’s.
The officer saw the two women as they were leaving and was able to give a description of both, as well as their vehicle, police said.
Police spotted the vehicle traveling on Rockingham Park Boulevard and were able to stop it.
Police said they found the two women — identified as Renee Lewis, 18, and Leona Jones, 18. Another woman was in the car, but police said she was not involved; she was later released.
Police were given consent to search the vehicle and found many items of clothing that appeared to be new, with the price tags still on.
The two were arraigned at Salem District Court on Monday.
Lewis and Jones are facing a charge of organized retail crime enterprise. Lewis is also facing charges of disobeying an officer, marijuana possession and transporting drugs in a motor vehicle.
Bail was initially set at $2,500 cash for the two Hartford, Conn., women.