A 49-year-old Omaha woman was recently taken into custody by Lancaster County law enforcement officers for allegedly stealing more than $4,000 worth of eyeglasses on June 19. The incident reportedly occurred when the woman, along with an unknown male accomplice, allegedly took 10 pairs of glasses from EyeCare Specialties on Pine Lake Road, according to an affidavit written by a Lincoln Police Department officer.
Tips garnered from the Lincoln Police Department’s posting of a surveillance video on CrimeStoppers allegedly resulted in a warrant being issued for her arrest in August. She was not located until Nov. 4 and was later detained in Lincoln. The police stated they still do not know the identity of the man who allegedly accompanied the woman.
At her first court appearance on Nov. 5, the woman’s bond was set in the amount of 10 percent, or $2,500, of a bail amount of $25,000. She was apparently unable to post the bond and was still in custody. According to a store witness, the two people who stole the glasses left the premises in a Honda Crosstour. Police stated that a Crosstour was registered in Illinois in the woman’s name.
There are several available defenses for people who are accused of theft. In eyewitness identification cases, it is often possible to challenge the identification procedures that were used by law enforcement in order to secure an arrest. When several months have passed between the incident and an identification procedure, it is more likely that the identification will be less reliable. Other defenses may also be available depending on the facts of an individual case.
Source: JournalStar.com, “Woman arrested in $4,000 eyeglasses theft“, Jonathan Edwards, November 05, 2014