The woman who held up an upscale sunglass specialty store at La Encantada last summer is now behind bars. Pima County Sheriff's Department detectives are still looking for her accomplice.
The brazen robbery took place back in July. The woman arrested was a teenager who overstayed her visa, according to detectives.
Surveillance video caught the suspect red-handed after she allegedly pulled a gun on the sales clerk and stuffed a bag with close to 40 pairs of sunglasses. The glasses had an estimated value of $12,000.
“They were Gucci, Carrera, Prada; those type of sunglasses,” Det. Jesus Banuelos said.
She and the accomplice were seen running out of the Soltis Sunglasses at La Encantada. They were seen entering a white Oldsmobile Aurora.
“They were actually seen on surveillance video the day before casing the place,” said Banuelos.
Banuelos is a detective with the robbery assault unit. He worked the case. He said it was somewhat challenging because there was little evidence left behind. He said surveillance cameras helped some, but it didn't give them a name. Four months later, he was able to identify the suspect and arrest 18-year-old Stephanie Valle Romero.
“One of the things that made it even more difficult was that she's a Mexican national," said Banuelos. "We found out through the investigation she possibly overstayed her visa.”
They served a search warrant on her house. They found the hat she used in the robbery, the gun and some of the designer sunglasses detectives said she stuffed in the bag.
“During the investigation, we found that she sold some of the items," said Banuelos. "We still believe there could be more, but at this point, we were only able to locate half a dozen.”
Detectives are still looking for the accomplice. They said she may be between the age of 13 and 15 years old. They are hoping you can help identify her.
In the meantime, Romero is facing charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault and aggravated robbery. She remains in the Pima County Jail under a $250,000 bond.
If you have information on the accomplice, call 911. If you want to remain anonymous, call 88-CRIME.