Two Ocala women were jailed Tuesday after being accused of trying to steal clothing items from a high-end Ocala department store.
Ocala Police officers were called to the Dillard’s at 4414 SW College Rd. on Monday night and when they arrived, a store employee told them he had two women in his office who had attempted to steal clothing valued at $305. He said he observed the two women – Natryonna Tranate Jafay Baker and Brittney Eviana Irving, both 23 – concealing several items of clothing inside their purses. And he said both women walked past the cash registers and were outside the store when he confronted them, an Ocala Police report states.
The officer was given a receipt showing the items that were taken and then watched video surveillance footage of the incident. He reported seeing both women putting clothing items in their purses and being confronted outside the store by the employee.
After being read their rights, both Baker and Irving allegedly told the officer they were “working together” and had intentionally placed clothing inside their purses with the intent to steal the merchandise, the report says.
Baker and Irving were then transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with retail grand theft. Baker was being held on $2,000 bond, while Irving was released Wednesday night on a $2,000 bond. Both are due in court Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. to answer to the charges.
Baker is no stranger to the Marion County legal system. In September 2016 she was arrested and charged with knowingly driving with a suspended license.