Chadron Police arrest three suspected in shoplifting ring

Chadron Police have arrested 3 Pine Ridge, South Dakota, residents for shoplifting nearly $1,500 in items from Wal-Mart, and Police Chief Tim Lordino says they may have hit other stores around the region as well.

33-year old Michael Merrival, 24-year old Kandis Little, and 19-year old Katie Little are all being held on charges of Theft by Shoplifting and Conspiracy to Commit Theft by Shoplifting. Bail for each is $25,000.

Wal-Mart employees contacted police about 2:45 Tuesday afternoon after spotting a man who fit the description of the suspect who fled the store before police could arrive last November after trying to shoplift $1,500 worth of merchandise.

Chief Lordino says police closed off the 3 exits from the Wal-Mart parking lot and when the man left the store and went to a van in the parking lot, the officers from the various agencies closed in.

The recovered items included jewelry, makeup, clothing, purses, sunglasses, shoes, DVDs, and cell phones with what was believed to be marijuana also seized.

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