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4 women charged in connection with Tanger thefts, police say

Desiree Coleman, left, 23, and Alexus Dotson, 20.

Desiree Coleman, left, 23, and Alexus Dotson, 20. Credit: SCPD

Four Wyandanch women were arrested Tuesday and charged in connection with thefts from stores at the Tanger Outlets in Deer Park, Suffolk County police said.

Police said First Precinct officers were investigating unrelated thefts at Tanger, located at The Arches Circle, when they observed the four women “attempting to flee security” around 4:30 p.m. An investigation determined the women “were connected to larcenies from stores” in the shopping mall, police said.

Police identified two of the suspects as Desiree Coleman, 23, and Alexus Dotson, 20. Police did not identify the other two women, who are both 18 years old.

Coleman was arrested on an outstanding Nassau County warrant, police said. Dotson was charged with two counts of petit larceny for allegedly stealing from the Fila Outlet store twice on Tuesday, police said.

Police said one of the 18-year-olds was charged with one count of petit larceny stemming from a theft from Fila on Tuesday. Police said the other 18-year-old was charged with seven counts of petit larceny for multiple thefts in Deer Park since February.

The investigation is continuing. Police urge anyone with information to contact First Precinct Crime Section officers at 631-854-8126 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.

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