2 Women Charged for Alleged Perfume Heist
Donielle Etavia Hall and Cashawna Katrina Miles are accused of felony theft after police say they stole more than $700 worth of perfume from the Burnsville Ulta store.
Two Twin Cities women have been charged with shoplifting more than $700 worth of perfume from a Burnsville cosmetics store.
Donielle Etavia Hall, 21, of Minneapolis and Cashawna Katrina Miles, also known as Caswana Katrina Miles, 24, of Robbinsdale are charged with felony theft with a prior conviction, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Hall is also charged with possession of shoplifting gear, a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaints, Burnsville police were called to the Ulta store at Burnhaven Mall on Sept. 18 on a report of a theft in progress.
When police arrived, they spotted two women matching the description of the suspects leaving the store. When officers tried to make eye contact with the women, they refused to look at the officers and kept walking past the squad car.
One of the women, later identified as Hall, was carrying a large purse with visible boxes of perfume sticking out of the top of the bag, according to the complaints. Officers activated the squad car’s emergency lights, and Hall quickly tossed the large purse beneath the front end of the squad car, the complaint says.
Hall and Miles were arrested, and police recovered the bag, which contained bottles of perfume stolen from Ulta and valued at $718, according to the complaints. Officers also found that the bag contained a dark-colored shirt lined with aluminum foil, which is frequently used by shoplifters to block security scanners, the complaints say.
The store manager said an assistant manager saw one of the women put perfume in the bag. Store employees began following the two women throughout the store and watched them put items in the bag, then walk out without paying for anything, they told police.
Hall admitted to police that she had stolen the merchandise to resell because she needed “quick money” to pay the rent, according to the complaints. Miles denied taking anything and told police that she didn’t know that Hall was stealing merchandise, the complaints say.
The criminal records of both women include previous convictions for theft.
Hall has been released from custody on a $10,000 bond. Miles remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Both women have omnibus hearings scheduled Oct. 9 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.