Woman faces robbery, organized retail theft charges

2014-02-26T18:15:00Z 2014-02-26T18:43:20Z Woman faces robbery, organized retail theft chargesCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star

A woman is facing robbery and organized retail theft charges in connection to a series of shoplifting incidents at three Target stores.

Brandy Ambrose, 31, was arrested two weeks ago by detectives of a newly established larceny detail as she was leaving Target at 3629 E. Broadway, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Ambrose was booked into the Pima County jail for three counts of felony shoplifting, and one count each of robbery, aggravated assault and organized retail theft, said Widmer.

Ambrose is facing additional charges, said Widmer, adding that detectives would not elaborate on the types of items she is suspected of stealing and then reselling.

Detectives also did not release a total of the estimated value of the items stolen.

Ambrose is connected to a robbery and six shoplifting incidents over a period of about one year. Detectives worked with Target loss prevention officers, which linked her to the following shoplifting incidents and one robbery:

  • Jan. 2, 2013 at the 5255 E. Broadway store.
  • Jan. 13, 2013, Feb. 6, 2014 — both shoplifting incidents — and Feb. 8, 2014 robbery at the 1225 W. Irvington Road store.
  • Dec. 29, 2013, Feb. 11 and Feb. 13 2014 at the 3629 E. Broadway store.

During the Feb. 8 incident at the West Irvington Road store, Ambrose shoplifted various items and was confronted by two loss prevention officers as she was leaving the store, Widmer said.

As Target's loss prevention officers attempted to detain her, Ambrose pepper sprayed the officers and ran from the store, Widmer said.

The newly formed larceny detail unit is partnering with businesses, the county attorney's office and the city prosecutor's office to proactively reduce shoplifting and organized retail theft, Widmer said.

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