Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, PA — Police were called to the Lord & Taylor store at 121 E. City Avenue on April 26. The call came in at 3:10 PM, and it was reported that a retail theft had just occurred and that store personnel had one person in custody.
Caitlin Marie Matthews, age 32 of the 700 block of N. 3rd St. in Philadelphia was arrested and charged in the retail theft. The Lower Merion Police arrested her and transported her to police headquarters where she was processed, fingerprinted and jailed to await her arraignment before the local Magisterial District Judge.
Matthews was charged with two misdemeanor counts including receiving stolen property and retail theft. She was arraigned at 9 PM in front of Judge Jay S. Friedenberg. She was released on her own recognizance (ROR) which means that no bill was required.
According to police officials, a female security officer from Lord and Taylor’s observed a white female going in and out of the fitting room. The woman was seen carrying a black tote bag and clothing items Into the fitting room. When she came out of the fitting room, she only had the Tote bag.
The security officer reported that video surveillance cameras had recorded the event which occurred in the upper level on the Belmont Avenue side of the building.
Before the woman could exit the store, she was stopped by security personnel and was held for the Lower Merion Police.
Found in the woman’s bag were a jacket, leggings and a coach handbag. The items were valued at roughly $331.
Matthews is next scheduled to appear before District Judge Karen Eisner Zucker On June 18, 2019, at 10:30 AM when she will have A preliminary hearing.
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