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2 elusive shoplifters from Monroe Co. corralled by cops in Northampton Co., police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jun 07 2013 05:41:33 PM CDT
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BETHLEHEM TWP., Pa. -

Two shoplifting suspects from Monroe County escaped from police when they were detained at an electronics store in Northampton County, but officers finally corralled both of them, officials said.

Crystal Johnson and Denisha P. Robbins were taken into custody at the Best Buy store at 4413 Birkland Place, Bethlehem Township, Northampton Co., at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday, after a store employee received a text with pictures of the women from a Best Buy store in East Stroudsburg, Monroe Co., identifying them as shoplifters, officials said.

Best Buy employee Dennis Parry alerted police, who interviewed the women in the store office, officials said.

After Parry showed police the photos of the women, Robbins bolted from the office and out the front door of the store, and when an officer began chasing her, Johnson ran out the door behind him, officials said.

The officer eventually pinned Johnson against a sofa in a hallway and cuffed her, but she slipped out of a cuff and tried to run out of the store before she was recaptured, officials said.

Johnson had to be recaptured a second time after she slipped from an officer's grasp and ran out a back door, officials said, adding that Robbins was caught a few blocks away from the store.

Both women were carrying Bed Bath and Beyond shopping bags with foil-lined inserts and also had a foil-lined freezer bag officials said, noting that the bags could defeat the store's security devices.

Johnson, 19, of 110 Pent St., and Robbins, 29, of 101 Pent St., both of East Stroudsburg, were both arraigned on a charge of possessing an instrument of crime, and Johnson was also charged with resisting arrest, court papers show.

Both were committed to the Northampton County Prison, Johnson on $8,000 and Robbins on $5,000, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing for both women is set for 10 a.m. June 17.