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Duo wanted in east coast shoplifting ring arrested in Cabarrus Co, police say

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22-year-old Shiann Marie Johnson 22-year-old Shiann Marie Johnson
19-year-old Destiny Elaine Williams 19-year-old Destiny Elaine Williams

Two women police say have stolen more than $200,000 worth of merchandise from stores along the east coast were arrested in Kannapolis.

Police say 22-year-old Shiann Marie Johnson and 19-year-old Destiny Elaine Williams, both of Brooklyn, NY, were arrested and charged with felony larceny by deactivating anti-shoplifting device, felony organized retail theft, unlawful concealment, identity fraud, trespassing and resisting public officers.

The arrests happened on May 18, at the Target on Bayfield Parkway after a Loss Prevention Agent called police to report the duo possibly shoplifting.

The agent told officers that he was familiar with the women and their methods, and that he believed they had been stealing large amounts of merchandise from stores all over the east coast.

Officers arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the store. Loss Prevention Officers then tried to stop the duo in the store, but one ran outside where she was caught by police after a short chase.

According to the report, the women had taken a filing cabinet out of a box and put more than $6,000 worth of electronics into the empty box.

Both women originally gave officers fake names, but after "several hours of investigating and contacting multiple sources," they were identified as Shiann Marie Johnson and Destiny Elaine Williams.

Police say Johnson was already wanted by two North Carolina police departments, as well as in New York, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Georgia for similar thefts.

"We have received numerous calls from Target and CVS Corporation thanking us for arresting theses suspects. We discovered they are part of a shoplifting group that has stolen over $200,000 in merchandise from various businesses all over the east coast," said Kannapolis Police Chief Woody Chavis.

He added, "This was great work by our officers, not only did they apprehend the suspects but officers immediately knew they had fake ID's and took the initiative to follow up and make positive identification. We then were able to share this information with other agencies that had similar cases."

Both women were taken to the Cabarrus County Jail and placed under a $300,000 bond each.

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