Woman charged with $ 328,000 of theft from OC retail store – NBC Los Angeles

Orange County prosecutors have charged a 38-year-old Costa Mesa woman with several felonies for allegedly stealing items worth over $ 328,000 from Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx stores and attempting to resell them via an online consignment store for luxury items.

Ekaterina Zharkova was charged with four counts of robbery, one count of receiving stolen property and seven counts of minor theft. She faces a maximum sentence of nine years and two months if convicted on all counts in the case, Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said on Friday.

Authorities say that between October 7 and November 23, Zharkova visited several TJ Maxx and Nordstrom Rack stores in Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Tustin where she filled empty shopping bags with thousands of dollars worth. goods and left without paying.

She was arrested on November 23 by the California Highway Patrol’s Organized Retail Theft Task Force after an investigator allegedly saw her stealing goods from a Nordstrom rack in Costa Mesa.

A search of his apartment revealed more than $ 328,000 in stolen goods, officials said.

Zharkova was released when she posted bail on November 25, prison records show.

She is accused of stealing expensive brand name products such as Gucci, Prada, Ramy Brook, Dodo Bar and Jimmy Choo and is said to use tools to remove sensors before leaving stores with the stolen goods, CHP reported.

“Shoplifting and other retail thefts are out of control across California due to reckless laws that have made the risk far less than the potential reward,” said Spitzer. “These are not victimless crimes and if you engage in these kinds of outrageous theft schemes, we will arrest you, we will prosecute you and we will put you behind bars.”

“I have assigned some of my more senior investigators to work with the California Highway Patrol Organized Retail Theft Task Force and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to help protect businesses in County from. Orange to be
victimized and protect consumers from rising costs. We do not tolerate this in Orange County. “

Zharkova also opened grand theft cases in Orange County and Los Angeles, prosecutors said.

She is wanted under a $ 320,000 warrant after she failed to appear in court on Friday for possession of burglary tools in a separate case, in which she had pleaded not guilty.

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