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Target theft suspects followed to Ross store; police recover swiped property, stolen check

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Target theft suspects followed to Ross store; police recover swiped property, stolen check

Manteca Police Detective Steve Harris interrogates Daniel M. Smith, 24, a transient of Manteca, in front of the Ross Dress For Less store in the Stadium Retail Center Friday afternoon before chargi...

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED April 4, 2009 6:02 a.m.
Danielle M. Smith, 24, of Manteca, was tracked from the Manteca Target Store near Highway 99 and Yosemite Avenue to the Ross store at Daniels Street and Airport Way Friday afternoon before she was arrested on charges of  theft, possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen check.

Manteca Police officers said she also had numerous store gift cards in her possession, but they couldn’t determine whether or not they belonged to someone else.

Smith, accompanied by a known male parolee, was seen leaving the garden center of Target with a full basket of store items by Target security officers, police said.

The Target employees called police with the make and color of the car along with its license plate number. Canine officer Dale Goforth located the vehicle in the parking lot of the Ross store learning the couple was in the store and that they were being watched by security video cameras.

Detectives and patrolmen scoured parking lots of the larger stores in the community searching for the car. They felt the thefts were probably going to continue.

After more than half an hour inside Ross, the male friend exited the store and Smith remained inside, appearing to shop. Police said when she left the store some 15 minutes after her friend, she didn’t have any items with her from Ross.

After being detained in handcuffs outside the front door for about 20 minutes, the male companion was released. Police said they had no video of him taking anything.

While officers were working the Ross case, teenagers were reportedly taking items from the nearby Kohl’s department store. Other patrolmen had to be taken off of the street to handle that case.

Smith was taken to the Manteca Police Department and processed before she was released on a citation.
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