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Woman Charged With Shoplifting $500 Worth of Merchandise

Suspect is accused of trying to make off with $500 in merchandise in a shopping bag.

A 26-year-old Milwaukee woman is accused of stealing $500 in merchandise from Boston Store.

Melissa S. Fredrichs was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Friday with one count of retail theft. If convicted, she faces up to nine months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 3:17 p.m. Dec. 3, a security officer at Boston Store saw Fredrichs enter the store, take several items then walk into a fitting room with one shopping bag, then emerge later with two bags. Fredrichs then left the store without paying.

Fredrichs tried to flee the security officer, but was apprehended. She had $498 in stolen merchandise with her, which is just $2 shy of being charged with felony retail theft. 

She’s currently in custody while awaiting her initial appearance in court. 

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