6 women arrested in organized retail theft investigation

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Six women were arrested this weekend after an investigation into thefts at multiple stores in Baton Rouge.

Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office were called to a theft complaint Friday, July 31 at Toys R Us on N. Mall Drive.

The complainant said a white Ford Van pulled up to the front of the store and two black females got out of the vehicle carrying three large bags of merchandise. The females went to the customer service counter where they exchanged the merchandise, without a receipt, for gas cards and candy. After the exchange, the females went to the children's department, loaded up a shopping cart full of merchandise and exited the store without paying. They entered the van with the merchandise and drove away.

A nearby deputy was able to stop the vehicle in the Sam's Club parking lot. The deputy discovered six females inside the van along with items from several merchants including Charming Charlie's, Toys R Us, Walmart and Target.

Each of the merchants were contacted and provided investigators with surveillance video of the females entering their store and taking the merchandise without paying.

A representative from Walmart told investigators that the six females entered his store to return merchandise which the manager refused to accept. One of the females became belligerent and the females began walking around the store. The manager observed the females take several items off of the shelves and exit the store without paying. He noted that they left in a white Ford Van.

All six women were taken into custody and charged as follows:

Chanetra Chandler, 19, of Houston, TX – Organized Retail Theft and Theft of Goods

Maranisha Abbott, 18, of Metarie – Organized Retail Theft and Theft of Goods

Tara Lee, 25, of Baton Rouge – Organized Retail Theft and Theft of Goods

Chastity Spotts, 26, of Baton Rouge – Organized Retail Theft and Theft of Goods

Tequila Stevenson, 28, of Baton Rouge – Organized Retail Theft, Theft of Goods and 4 outstanding warrants

Diamond Wright, 28, of Katy, TX – Organized Retail Theft and Theft of Goods

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