A Virginia woman was arrested in Edgartown last week for allegedly having more than $2,200 worth of stolen clothing in her car.
Maura A. Ross, 51, of Alexandria, Va., was arraigned on August 12 on charges of shoplifting by concealing merchandise, two counts of receiving stolen property more than $250, and four counts of receiving stolen property less than $250. According to a police report filed in court, the police were called because somebody matching her description had allegedly taken a $196 shirt from Suka in Edgartown. The police report said an officer stopped her in her vehicle and observed several pieces of clothing with price tags through the rear window; the outermost piece of clothing was the shirt described as being taken from Suka.
“It was clear that Ross went on a spree of stealing and or retrieving items from local stores on Martha’s Vineyard,” the police report by Officer Ryan Ruley said. “Her actions would have cost store owners thousands of dollars had she not been caught.”
Store owners from a variety of stores came to the police station to identify clothing missing from their stores, the report said. Among the items were $700 worth of clothing from 20 Main Street, a leather necklace from Pik Nik, a jacket from Backwater Trading Company, two items from Rags clothing store, a shirt from Hannah B clothing store, and a sweater, pants and a necklace totaling $669 from Nochi clothing store in Vineyard Haven.
The clothing totalled $2,236. Bail was set at $200, and a pretrial conference was scheduled for Sept. 30.