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Baltimore residents face theft charges

November 29, 2005|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Two Baltimore residents were charged Saturday with several counts of theft for allegedly stealing more than $2,000 in merchandise from Prime Outlets Hagerstown and Valley Mall in Hagerstown.

Paris A. Turner, 39, of 1126 N. Monroe St., was charged with five counts of theft, theft scheme, making a false statement to police officers and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Washington County District Court documents.

Kenneth McClary, 37, of the same address, was charged with theft scheme and five counts of theft, documents state.

Maryland State Police said Turner came to Hagerstown from Baltimore Nov. 13 and stole clothing from several stores, according to documents. Turner allegedly said she sells the clothing she steals to support herself and a drug habit, documents state.

Prime Outlets Hagerstown security said Turner stole several coats worth $790 Saturday from London Fog, documents state. When a security officer followed Turner to a vehicle in the parking lot, he saw several other bags filled with merchandise and called police.

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Some of the merchandise was stolen about a week ago from Valley Mall, documents state.

Police also recovered two pairs of pants from Banana Republic worth $198; three pairs of jeans from Casual Corner valued at $140; four pairs of jeans from Aeropostale worth $198; and 75 pairs of women's underwear, allegedly stolen from Victoria's Secret, worth $900, police said.

Turner also was carrying a bottle of perfume, allegedly stolen from Victoria's Secret, worth $27.

McClary told officers he did not steal any of the items, but was with his girlfriend, Turner, when she stole the items, documents state. Turner told officers that McClary knew the merchandise in the van had been stolen, according to documents.

Turner was being held on $30,250 bail Monday night at the Washington County Detention Center, according to a spokeswoman there. McClary was being held on $15,000, the spokeswoman said.

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