Charges Dropped Against Two Women Suspected of Shoplifting from Premium Outlets

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Michele Munford (left) and Takia Winston (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)
Michele Munford (left) and Takia Winston (Courtesy Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail)

Missing video surveillance has led to dropped charges for two women suspected of stealing clothes from James City County stores.

Takia Winston and Michele Denise Munford, who are both from Norfolk, each faced a felony charge of conspiracy to commit grand larceny after police say they stole hundreds of dollars worth of clothes from True Religion in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets on multiple occasions in August.

Williamsburg- James City County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Gaten said his office was unable to secure video surveillance that showed the two stealing the clothes. Gaten said the video was not “preserved” properly and no longer existed.

On Aug. 18 — the day Munford was charged — James City County Police discovered about $400 of clothing from Aeropostale, about $80 of clothing from Converse and more than $1,360 of clothing from Polo Ralph Lauren, along with merchandise from the Gap Kids and Victoria’s Secret stores in Patrick Henry Mall in Newport News.

Munford and Winston originally each faced five shoplifting-related felony charges, and all but the conspiracy charge was dropped at their preliminary hearing in November.

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