Two women were arrested after a shoplifting spree that netted them sunglasses, children's clothing and liquor, officials said.
Christina M. McNally was taken into custody behind the Applebee's restaurant at 3730 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Twp., Northampton Co., after stealing three pairs of Ray-Bans worth $569.65 from the Pearle Vision Center at the Bethlehem Square Mall, 3926 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem Twp., about a quarter-mile away, at 4:15 p.m. Friday, officials said.
Police were able to find McNally after stopping a car leaving the shopping center driven by Melissa J. Swick, McNally's accomplice, officials said. McNally called Swick's cell phone while she was being questioned by police to tell Swick, "I'm behind the Applebee's, the cops are here and I'm going to jail!" officials said.
Swick told police that she did not know McNally was stealing from the store, but at police headquarters, McNally said she stole the sunglasses to sell to Swick at half price so she could get money for her drug habit, adding that Swick had driven her to the Pearle Vision Center, officials said.
During a search, police found on McNally two crack pipes and $61.74 worth of children's clothing with the price tags still attached, which Swick admitted she stole from the Bethlehem Square Mall's Walmart store, officials said.
Police also determined that McNally and Swick were responsible for stealing a $29.98 bottle of vodka from a Wine and Spirits store at the Bethlehem Square Mall on Jan. 11, 2013, officials said.
McNally, 34, of 435 Berwick St., Easton, was arraigned on three counts of retail theft and charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal conspiracy and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.
Swick, 47, of 250 Rock St., Easton, was arraigned on two counts of retail theft and two counts of criminal conspiracy and released on $10,000 unsecured bail, according to court documents.
Preliminary hearings for both women were set for 10 a.m. Feb. 22.