Woman caught stealing $4,000 worth of merchandise from Sears

Ritshy Vital arrested in Vero Beach, Florida.
Ritshy Vital arrested in Vero Beach, Florida.

A woman was arrested Tuesday at the Indian River Mall after walking out of Sears with $4,042.72 worth of merchandise without paying for it.

A security officer called the Indian River County Sheriff’s at approximately 6:52 p.m. to report a woman shoplifting. The officer told deputies that a woman would be exiting the west entrance to Sears momentarily with a shopping cart full of stolen merchandise, the affidavit said.

Soon after, the woman later identified as 25-year-old Ritshy Vital of Palm Bay walked out with the shopping cart and merchandise. As deputies tried to question her, Vital “blatantly ignored his commands to stop,” the report said.

The mall security officer said he observed Vital conceal several items at Sears. Vital loaded her cart with merchandise and then passed all points of sale as she exited the Vero Beach store.

“Vital’s vehicle was also parked improperly. There were several purses, cameras, and other unopened items in plain sight in the back seat with her windows cracked open,” the deputy said.

Vital was charged with Grand Theft, and her bond was set at $4,500 at the Indian River County Jail.

Last month, a Sebastian woman was arrested at the Indian River Mall after stealing merchandise from Sears to sell on Facebook.

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