Posted: August 31, 2022, 4:30 a.m.
Last update on: August 31, 2022, 04:48h.
An elderly mother and her middle-aged daughter were charged Tuesday with a shoplifting scheme from the Lux clothing store in Davie, Fla., at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, police said. They allegedly stole $6,442 worth of high-end women’s clothing in July.
Maryellen Bailey, 79, and Lisa Bailey, 51, of Miami Shores, Florida, have both been charged with grand larceny, WTVJ, a Miami television station, reported. They were each released from Broward County Jail this week after posting $7,500 bond, the report added.
A grand theft in Florida could result in a prison sentence of up to five years in prison or a $5,000 fine. That’s unless the duo can work out some kind of plea bargain or probation with prosecutors.
As part of their shoplifting plot, the duo took turns distracting a salesperson at the luxury store, authorities have revealed. The other culprit put a fashionable dress, miniskirt and beachwear in a handbag, officials added. Only one employee was in the store at the time of the theft.
Before leaving the store, one of the suspects purchased other items from the store, police said.
But among the items stolen was a $5,995 Natalia Fedner Midas Racerback gunmetal dress. Natalia Fedner’s clothes have been seen on A-list celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian, as well as Beyonce.
Fedner often uses metallic textiles and knitwear in evening wear.
The mother-daughter team also allegedly stole two black Dolcezza beachwear and a Dolcezza miniskirt. Dolcezza is a North American supplier of contemporary women’s parts and accessories.
Once the clerk realized there had been a theft, the local police were contacted. Detectives checked the surveillance video. Bailey’s car license plate was located and identified.
Detectives called them and the women showed up at police headquarters the next day.
Shoplifting since 2020
The duo brought the stolen items with them. They were handed over to the police. They also admitted to stealing the expensive items.
One of the women also wrote a letter of apology to Lux store management. The two suspects also confessed to cops that they had been shoplifting since 2020.
They had never been caught in the act before, they told officers.
It is not known why the two women chose to shoplift.
Luxury flights on the rise
In recent months and years, luxury retailers have reported that more and more thefts are being observed around the world, the Robb Report, a luxury lifestyle magazine, unveiled this year. Some robbed outlets are in Palm Beach, Florida, as well as San Francisco.
Greg Smith, executive vice president and co-founder of Berkley Asset Protection, told the Robb Report“Theft has become acceptable – it’s not a violent crime.”
And stealing from luxury brands may seem harmless because thieves believe luxury brands and high-end retailers can financially resist theft, the report adds.