Peoria PD: shoplifting suspects used 'booster pants' during theftsPosted: Updated:
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Five people have been arrested for allegedly using specially designed pants to steal from numerous drug stores throughout the West Valley.
Peoria police said 27-year-old Tiffany Galiendo-Flores, 40-year-old David Guimont, and 39-year-old Juanita Guimont were arrested Feb. 15 on organized retail theft and conspiracy charges.
Approximately two weeks later, police said they were also able to arrest 21-year-old Andrea Hammerle and 31-year-old Charles Hammerle.
Police said for more than a month they worked with investigators from Walgreens and CVS to identify who was behind the string of thefts.
According to authorities, more than $30,000 worth of merchandise had been taken from stores in Peoria, Phoenix, Goodyear, Avondale and the Litchfield Park area.
In each instance, the group would reportedly take large quantities of cosmetics, medication, and hygiene products in a short amount of time.
Police said surveillance video showed the suspects stuffing items down their pants.
Further investigation revealed that the group was using “booster pants,” which allowed them to hide large amounts of merchandise.
Police said the group would wear two pairs of pants, with the bottom pair being taped at the ankles and the top pair being baggier to conceal the stolen items.
After the suspects stole the merchandise they would allegedly turn around and sell the items to other people for cash.