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Alleged Shoplifter Nabbed in White Plains Ritz

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Macy’s security reported to police that three people left the store with $2,820.50 in stolen merchandise Saturday. Officers said they were tipped off by Macy’s security at 9:17 a.m., claiming that two females and one male were the culprits.

Police reports say that after searching downtown, officers arrested Takema Young, 30, of Brooklyn, and watched two other alleged shoplifters drop several bags of stolen goods on the sidewalk near the intersection of Court Street and Martine Avenue.

Officers said they cruised around downtown with a Macy's manager, who was there to help identify the suspects from video surveillance. An anonymous call directed police towards the Ritz-Carlton hotel where officers found Vashti Jenkins, 31, of the Bronx. The Macy’s manager immediately identified Jenkins as one of the shoplifters, according to police reports, and she was arrested.

A more thorough review of the bags on the sidewalk revealed that they had been lined with aluminum foil "booster bags," often used to throw off security sensors, said police. All $2,820.50 of the stolen goods were reportedly recovered.

Both Young and Jenkins were charged with one count fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, and one count of criminal possession of an anti-security item, a misdemeanor.

Police say they have not found the alleged male shoplifter.

The following items were also reported by police:

- Officers spotted a group of women arguing with a New Rochelle man outside of the Brazen Fox bar early Sunday morning. Police said they discovered the man, Shawun Kramer, 32, had slapped one of the women and was attempting to fight the group.

When he was asked to leave, police reports indicate Kramer's friends put him in a taxi. However, officers said Kramer leapt out of the front seat and ran towards the women with his fist clenched.

He was then arrested and charged with one count of disorderly conduct. Kramer was released on a $100 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 6.

- Police received a call about a fight on Ferris Avenue and found Abraham Espinoza, 54, arguing with another White Plains man when they pulled up to 134 Ferris Ave. early Saturday morning. According to police reports, Espinoza quickly threw something into a garbage when he saw officers approaching. Police said they found two clear baggies containing a white, chunky substance believed to be cocaine in the trash. Espinoza allegedly admitted he threw the bags into the garbage in an attempt to conceal them from police.

He was arrested and charged with one count of 7th-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, which is a misdemeanor. Espinoza is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 16.

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