A 46-year-old Pawtucket woman was arrested in Braintree after going on a five-finger discount spree at the South Shore Plaza.
Michelle D. Rose faces larceny and stolen property charges after loss prevention officers at the Gap Kids store caught them trying to make off with goods from there and several other stores in the mall.
Rose and another woman walked into the Gap Kids store with several large shopping bags and starting taking products off the shelves and stuffing them into the bags, Braintree police said.
Rose tried to ditch her items after she noticed that she caught the security guard’s attention.
Both women were confronted outside the store and the unidentified woman first pushed a loss prevention officer and then punched her in the ribs before running off. The unidentified woman fled out the mall by Legal Seafood, and Rose fled the mall by the Cheesecake Factory. Loss prevention continued to follow Rose and notified police.
An arriving officer spotted her and immediately arrested her. Police searched her car and found two large trash bags full of clothes. The car was impounded and brought to the Braintree police station where a more thorough search was conducted.
Police found more clothes and items in the trunk.
Officers recovered clothing from the Express Store, Abercrombie and Fitch, Macy’s, Aeropostale, Gap Kids and Abercrombie Kids with a combined total of more than $3,000.
But the other woman apparently got away. Rose’s companion was neither apprehended nor identified.