Police bust suspected west Nashville shoplifting ring

Monday, March 15, 2010 at 8:10pm
Staff reports

Two women with lengthy histories of theft were arrested Friday night outside the Nashville West shopping center. The two are suspected of being key players in a shoplifting ring.

Convicted felon Jothany Smith, 24, and Toneka Reid, 27, allegedly had over $1,000 worth of stolen jewelry and shoes in the car they were driving. They also had tools used to remove anti-theft devices, police said.

The women’s histories reveal a penchant for theft and a lack of respect for store security.

In 2005, Smith struck a Shoe Carnival employee with her car when he tried to stop her from leaving the store. She was suspected of shoplifting, but ended up with a three-year sentence for aggravated assault. She also has previous forgery, identity theft and theft convictions.

Reid has been three theft and three assault convictions. Two of the assault convictions stem from her attacking store security officers — once when she hit a security guard who tried to prevent her from entering Opry Mills and another when a security guard attempted to stop from leaving Old Navy with stolen merchandise.

Police seized the Mitsubishi Galant and charged the two women with two counts each of theft. They are each free on $32,500 bond.

2 Comments on this post:

By: localboy on 3/16/10 at 10:23

career miscreants...makes you pine for the road gang era

By: shef2 on 3/16/10 at 7:40

Shoplifters = Theft = Bad People = Good they were caught. Yay.