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Oro Valley police looking for shoplifting suspects

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Oro Valley police are looking for three shoplifters who may be targeting stores in the area.

“We are seeing an increase in our fraud and shoplifting incidents in our community," Lt. Kara Riley said.

Shoppers like Barbara Congswell, who is retired and on a fixed income, ends up paying for the store's loss. 

“As a retired person, every penny counts," said Congswell. "When you are budgeting and trying to figure out your own expenses, you do get really concerned about people that try to go the easy route and steal.”

Oro Valley Police detectives are looking for three suspects in connection to the theft; two women and a man.

Detectives told News 4 Tucson, the man is 6 feet tall, weighs 160 pounds, in his 30s and has dark hair. One of the female suspects was described to be 5'4" to 5'5" tall, weigh between 130 to 135 pounds, white or Hispanic, have dark hair and in her mid to late 20s. The other female suspect was described to be 5' 5" tall, white, weigh 120 pounds, in her mid 20s, and have a thin build and dark, long hair.

Riley said, they allegedly shoplifted some high-end items from the Super Walmart in Oro Valley on November 4.

They were seen on surveillance video.  

"The first suspect, a male, goes into the Walmart, loads up the shopping cart with items. He then goes to the luggage area and puts them in a piece of luggage," Riley said. "He then takes off his shirt and changes into another one and throws a jacket over his shoulder."

The suspect walked out of the store and got into a blue truck that was discovered as stolen from the City of Tucson. The license plate had been switched out as well. The vehicle was found four days later with the piece of luggage he reportedly took from the store. Detectives said it was empty.

The surveillance cameras then caught two women walking into the Walmart. One was wearing a black shirt and the other was wearing a plaid shirt.

Police said, they also loaded up a shopping cart with perfumes and high-end items. 

Riley said they pushed the cart to the garden section. They separated, one woman left the store and the other one put all of the items into a very large purse.

When that woman left the store, store security followed her. They tried to apprehend her, but she then got into the blue pick-up truck. The other woman and the male suspect were inside and sped away.

Detectives said this incident was very dangerous because when the thieves were leaving the parking lot in the stolen vehicle, they almost ran over some pedestrians.

“We'd like to get them identified," Riley said. "Our concern is getting into the holiday period and season is that we're going to have an increase in this. And potentially, they are going to come back to our community or affecting other communities.”

Lynette White is one of the shoppers News 4 Tucson spoke to. She had advice for the trio and other thieves. 

“Get a job, get a job and live right. Things will be fine," she said. "Your life would be much happier.”

If you have information, call 88-CRIME or the Oro Valley Police Department at 520-229-4900.

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