A Minneapolis woman is facing theft charges after allegedly taking electronics from Target, according to a criminal complaint.
Surveillance video shows Demita Lloyd, 32, entering the store on Valley Creek Plaza with a group of friends. Police say the group of five women split up once they were in the store, each picking up various electronics. The surveillance video shows one woman using a homemade magnetic tool to unlock cell phones from a secured rack, while the other women picked up flat screen televisions. According to the complaint, none of the women paid for the items.
The criminal complaint says Lloyd wheeled two 22” flat screens televisions out to a mini van without checking out. Police believe Lloyd and her friends are part of a bigger theft ring. The complaint says Lloyd could be connected to thefts in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.
All told, the five women took a Boost Mobile cell phone with a value of $79.99, two Boost Mobile cell phones with a value of $299.98, and two Boost Mobile cell phones with a value of $259.98. The televisions were identified as a Westinghouse 32" LCD television with a value of $299.99 and two Samsung 22" LCD televisions with a value of $499.98 and jeans valued at $27.99. The total value of the stolen items was $1,467.91.
The charge facing Lloyd carries a five year maximum sentence and up to a $10,000 fine.