Shopping Swindlers Arrested
Officers are busy at area shopping malls keeping them safe this holiday season.
Three people in two separate incidents have been charged at area stores in recent days.
Store personnel from J.C. Penney’s at Springfield Town Center observed a man purchasing an unusually large amount of gift cards and reported it to security. Officers saw the man get into his car and approached him. He then accelerated out of a parking spot, nearly hitting several shoppers and vehicles at around 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 10. Officers were able to stop him and investigate. Their investigation revealed the suspect was allegedly forging credit cards with stolen numbers and had purchased over $18,000 in gift cards.
Jonell Brown, 31 of Manassas was charged with Credit Card Theft and Credit Card Forgery and taken to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
In another incident on Monday, December 14, two women were arrested after fleeing police and security personnel in the Tysons Corner area. The women were reportedly observed stealing items at a department store in the mall. The women both left the store; one returned to her vehicle. When approached by a store loss prevention officer, she attempted to flee but was quickly apprehended. She bit the officer during the arrest.
Debbie R. Nunez, 30, of Scotrun, Pennsylvania was charged with Grand Larceny, Possession of Burglarious tools, Possession of Schedule II Narcotics, Simple Assault, and Larceny with Intent to Sell. She was transported to the Fairfax Adult Detention Center where she is being held without bond.
The second woman reportedly saw the arrest taking place and fled. She was apprehended several blocks away. Subsequent investigation revealed several thousand dollars in stolen merchandise was recovered in a nearby hotel room. Yajaira Springer, 36, of Brooklyn, New York was charged with Grand Larceny, Burglarious Tools, False ID to Law Enforcement, and Larceny with Intent to Sell.
Thank you for your support in the area and please continue to report all suspicious activity.