Victoria’s Secret Workers Accused in Theft
Two employees of the famous lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret were arrested and police is seeking for a third one. They are accused in theft of lingerie items from the Palisades Center mall over the last six months.
Clarkstown police was informed by Victoria’s Secret staff on Monday that during the internal investigation a merchandise theft was revealed from a storage room. It took place over last six months at the Palisades Center mall, New City.
According to police, Shavon Pressley, 22, and Emanuel Jumenez, 24, were arrested on charges of felony. But shortly after they were released pending a January 11, 2011 hearing in Clarkstown Town Court in New City. The third person accused in theft is in the investigation, which is still continuing.
Emanuel Jumenez, one of the former VS workers accused in theft, spoke out. He said that the official sum is exaggerated and he only pocketed $800 during six months of thievery. He sold the stolen items on the black market.
Jimenez told The Journal News on Tuesday night:
My heart dropped when I saw that figure on the Internet. They exaggerated a lot, trust me. They must have charged like full price for everything, and doubled the sales tax.”
According to Sgt. Bernard Cummings of the Clarkstown police this arrest was the biggest from 4 reported thefts from Victoria’s Secret stores chain since July. VS has been a popular target for theft lately. Maybe that’s due to lingerie pieces compactness along with relatively high value.
It’s very easy to conceal it, as opposed to walking out of a store with a 50-inch television set. Pocket gum is also small, but what are you going to get for it?”
An approximate price for VS bra is $40, but its price on the black market is significantly lower. Jimenez said that for some lingerie pieces he only got a buck:
The most money I ever split between me and the other associate was no more than $150 each, and I never did that more than 10 times.”