Winston-Salem women charged with taking over $700 worth of items from Belk

Published 2:30 pm Monday, April 4, 2016

By Shavonne Walker

Salisbury Police charged two Winston-Salem women with stealing $781 worth of clothing, perfume and other items from Belk on Saturday. The store’s loss prevention officer said someone was taking pictures of the merchandise just before the women placed items inside their purses.

Amanda Latoya Mitchell, 29, of the 1000 block of East 15th Street, was charged with misdemeanor larceny, and Tynequa Lakela Fisher, 23, of the 2800 block of North Claremont Avenue, was charged with felony preventing the activation of an anti-shoplifting device and misdemeanor larceny.

The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. at the store, 1455 Klumac Road, after a woman was spotted taking pictures of the perfume case and seemed to be “looking for cameras” a report said.

The Kohl’s Department store loss prevention was asked to search its security cameras for a Chevy┬áSuburban that was parked near the store. Police did connect with a woman and a man sitting in the vehicle. The pair were not arrested in connection to the theft.

Police Capt. Melonie Thompson said no crime was committed by the woman taking pictures at the perfume counter. She also said the man and woman did not have any store merchandise in their possession.

Mitchell and Fisher are accused of taking Dior and Versace perfume, as well as Polo and Nautica shirts, among other items. Fisher had a purse lined with aluminum foil and duct tape.

Fisher was convicted in 2015 of felony credit card theft, for which she is on probation. She’s also been convicted of possession of stolen goods, credit card theft, larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Mitchell has been convicted of possession of a counterfeit instrument, obtaining signature by false pretenses, and misdemeanor larceny. Mitchell remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $5,000 secured bond, and Fisher has since been released under a $20,000 secured bond.