Three people were arrested last week and accused of taking clothing valued at $17,500 — more than 600 items from five stores — at Grapevine Mills mall, according to the Grapevine Police Department.
A witness called police about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and reported seeing the man and two women taking clothes off hangers, putting them into large shopping bags and leaving a store, according to Amanda McNew, Grapevine police media manager.
Police officers observed similar behavior and when they saw the three suspects getting inside a vehicle full of stolen merchandise, they turned on their emergency lights, McNew said. The suspects tried to run away but were caught.
Miguel Hernandez-Andablo of Brownsville, 30, Alejandra Sierra-Galvin, 28, of Brownsville, and Nataly Vega, 18, of Bowie each face a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity and evading arrest. Hernandez-Andablo also faces a charge of possession of an instrument used to commit retail theft.
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Police said he had a tool used to remove alarm sensors on clothing when he was arrested.