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Three Fort Lauderdale women were arrested in connection with a shoplifting spree at a Walgreen’s and Walmart in Collier County.
Keba Tambu Mulkey, 34, Laerika Daleshia Rawls, 25, and Kirsten Lynette Williams, 24, are the suspects involved in the thefts of more than $500 worth of merchandise.
According to Collier County Sheriff’s office reports, on Thursday Walmart employees asked Collier deputies to assist them in a shoplifting incident that was occurring inside of the store involving the women.
Deputies said once they arrived on scene the two suspects exited out of the store and were stopped for questioning but when asked to empty their purses, no stolen items were found.
The suspects were asked their names and Mulkey provided her correct information, however, the second woman provided deputies with the name Christina Jackson, which communications advised was not valid, deputies said.
Deputies then used a rapid identification device to verify the woman’s correct identity and the device came back with the name Williams, according to reports.
Deputies said they then asked Williams if she had anything in her pockets which she stated no. However, deputies located a plastic baggy with cocaine, a metal rod, also known as a “push rod,” which is known to be used for pushing crack rocks down a pipe, inside her back pocket.
Williams was then arrested on charges of providing law enforcement officers with false information and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Mulkey then gave deputies permission to search her SUV that was parked in the Walmart parking lot, according to reports.
Inside the vehicle was a woman, later identified as Rawls, sitting in the passenger seat.
Deputies said they found several stolen items, still packaged, underneath a black blanket in the rear of Mulkey’s blue Ford Expedition. according to reports, the stolen items included: power tools, electric shavers, batteries, deodorants, body sprays and three Walgreen’s shopping carts.
Deputies asked Rawls where the merchandise came from and she said she didn’t know. The items were placed into evidence and the SUV was towed, according to reports.
Rawls and Mulkey were then arrested on charges of grand theft.
Once at the jail, a strip search revealed Rawls to be in possession of marijuana wrapped in a $20 bill, located in her bra, and marijauana and a smoking pipe located in her underwear, according to reports. Deputies also located a bag containing cocaine in her pocket.
She faces additional charges of possession of marijuana and cocaine.
On Friday deputies were notified by employees of the Walgreen’s drug store, located at the 6029 block of Pine Ridge Road, that video surveillance revealed that more than $500 worth of merchandise had been stolen from their store on Thursday.
Deputies said surveillance videos showed Mulkey and Williams committing the thefts.
A fourth suspect, Cory Livingston, 34, is believed to have been involved in the thefts but he fled the scene when deputies arrived. He was last seen wearing camouflage pants and a black shirt.