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Trio Charged With Shoplifting in Westport

WESTPORT, Conn. – Three women were arrested in Westport on Friday and charged with shoplifting after police received a complaint that one of the women had stolen from a store on Main Street, police said.

Officers were called to Shoe-Inn on Main Street on a report that three women were in the store and one had stolen a cell phone cover, police said. Officers were given a description of the women. The suspects, later identified as Beverley Stewart, Leenice Pierce and Deanisha Pierce, were spotted inside ODDZ, also on Main Street.

Inside Stewart’s purse, police found a boot and several pairs of pliers and clippers, which are commonly used as shoplifting tools, police said. A white cell phone cover, which matched the description of the one stolen from Shoe-Inn, was found in Deanisha Pierce’s purse, police said.

During the investigation, officers found clothes, accessories and bags lined with foil in the trunk of the women's car. Police said the clothing had security sensors and price tags still attached and were from various chain stores.

The cell phone cover was valued at $30; the boot, stolen from ODDZ, was valued at $70, and the clothing and accessories found in the trunk was valued at $1,029.60, police said.

Deanisha Pierce, 20, of Stratford, was charged with fourth-degree larceny, possession of a shoplifting device and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. She was released after posting $15,000 bond.

Leenice Pierce, 22, of Stratford, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny and released after posting $5,000 bond.

Stewart, 22, of Bridgeport, was charged with sixth-degree larceny, possession of a shoplifting device and conspiracy to commit sixth-degree larceny. She was released after posting $500 bond.

All three women are due in court Feb. 21.

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