Crime

Women stole clothing from Meridian store, then came back the next day, police say

Juliana Lupo
Juliana Lupo

When police arrived after a call from store employees, they found meth and marijuana on the women, as well as a pair of pruning shears used to cut tags off of merchandise, said Tracy Basterrechea, deputy chief of the Meridian Police Department.

Juliana Lupo, 28, and Roxana Beck, 30, are each charged with felony counts of burglary and possession of a controlled substance. Lupo also faces a felony charge of criminal conspiracy, as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of burglary tools, willful concealment of goods, petit theft and possession of marijuana; Beck is charged with misdemeanor petit theft and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use.

The two were arrested Sunday, Basterrechea said, after officers responded to a call about a suspicious car at Gordmans, 2260 N. Eagle Road in Meridian.

The store’s loss prevention believed the women in the car had taken about $100 worth of merchandise the previous night, Basterrechea said.

Lupo was found with pruning shears in her purse in order to cut tags off of merchandise, he said. Stolen perfume was found in Beck’s purse, he said, and officers also found the drugs in the women’s possession.

Both women are scheduled for preliminary hearings, a hearing that decides if a case will advance to a full trial, Nov. 7. Beck’s bond was set at $5,000 on Monday; Lupo’s was set at $10,000. As of Monday afternoon, they remained in the Ada County Jail.

Beck has two prior petit theft convictions from 2010 and 2011, as well as pending petit theft charges from September.

Nicole Blanchard: 208-377-6410, @NMBlanchard

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