Ring leader & 6 teens busted after Tampa Bay area theft spree

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pinellas County deputies arrested a woman they say orchestrated a theft ring of juveniles to steal from various stores around the Tampa Bay area last Saturday.

Investigators say Breshia Carter, 23, drove six juvenile females to Saks in Bradenton, then a K-Mart in St. Petersburg before getting busted at the Kohl’s on Park St.

Detectives say the girls stole, while Carter, the ring leader waited in the getaway vehicle.

“She was directing these kids to basically steal from the store. She had her own selfish ambitions. She actually directed them to steal for her own children,” said Corporal Dan DiFrancesco with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Hundreds of dollars of merchandise was stashed in Carter’s van, according to deputies. The tags were still on the goods.

“We have a total of $607 that was taken from Kohl’s and over $500 taken from the K-Mart and other locations. And again, deputies are still trying to determine where all this stuff came from,” said DiFrancesco.

The girls’ ages range from 15 to 17.

One of them, according to detectives, is Carter’s younger sister.

Customers shopping at Kohl’s Tuesday were shocked.

“I actually think it’s quite terrible that she’s setting that type of example,” said Sherrie Willard.

“That’s awful. That’s not right,” said Dorothie Valentino.

Carter, 23, is charged with scheme to defraud, principal to grand theft and contributing to the delinquency of minors.



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