Police: Woman used 2 girls as lookouts as she stole from Kmart in Tutu Park


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ST. THOMAS - A woman and two girls are being accused of stealing more than $150 in merchandise from Kmart.

The woman, Tashida Archibald, allegedly used the girls as lookouts and accomplices while collecting the items from several aisles, according to the probable cause fact sheet filed by police officer Nicholas Francois.

Archibald and the two girls, who are not named because they are minors, all are being charged with grand larceny after their arrest Tuesday evening. The girls, ages 14 and 16, were released to their parents' custody.

It is not stated whether Archibald and the girls are related.

The three defendants were perusing the aisles of Kmart in Tutu Park Mall on Tuesday when the store's loss prevention manager, Charles Dore, spotted them on surveillance cameras. They had a cart with several bags inside.

The females were "selecting items from different areas of the store and putting them in the cart," according to the probable cause fact sheet.

They then went to the toy department, where Archibald and the cart left the sight of the surveillance cameras. One of the girls appeared to act as a lookout while the other was in the back of the store, according to Dore.

Archibald spent more than a half-hour out of sight of the cameras, then reappeared, though nothing was in the cart. Additionally, none of the bags were in the cart.

Instead, each of them had bags in their hands. The two girls passed the checkout lanes at the front of the store, from what Dore could see on the cameras. He had mall security stop the two girls, and then Archibald, who tried leaving a half-hour later.

Upon being stopped, Archibald gave mall security a fake name, "Mary Graf."

Archibald's bail originally was set at $35,000, though it was dropped to $10,000. She was released on an unsecured bond Wednesday.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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