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HPD: Trio steals thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Palais Royal stores

HPD: Trio steals thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Palais Royal stores

Credit: HPD

mary McClendon, Dale Franklin and Diane Austin

by KHOU.com staff

khou.com

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 12 at 2:51 PM

HOUSTON—Three people are accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of clothes and merchandise from Palais Royal department stores at two different locations on the same day.

Dale Franklin, Mary McClendon and Diane Austin were charged with organized retail theft.

Police said on November 22, surveillance cameras captured the shoplifting trio in the act.

The company’s lost prevention department said the suspects first stole $1,002 worth of merchandise from the store in the 10900 block of Westheimer. They then traveled to the West Oaks Mall location and stole another $1000 worth of merchandise. In all, they stole one pair of boots, 20 clothing sets, 18 shirts, two fragrance sets and four jackets from the stores.

Loss prevention compared footage from both stores and said the suspects were the same. They also said it appears they always work in groups.

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