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Cary duo charged in shoplifting scheme

Posted September 5, 2012
Updated September 6, 2012

— Cary police have arrested an ex-husband and wife accused of shoplifting thousands of dollars in merchandise and selling the boosted goods on the Internet.

Police said Wednesday that Danielle Bowen, 50, of 1800 Walnut St., Cary, stuffed stolen items into a lead-lined bag to avoid detection as she exited stores. She was charged with shoplifting by concealing merchandise using a lead or aluminum-lined bag, larceny from merchant by removing anti-theft devices, conspiracy to commit a felony and felony possession of stolen property.

She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Her ex-husband, Glen Bowen, 40, also of 1800 Walnut St., was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and felony possession of stolen property. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Cary police said they arrested the pair Tuesday after being contacted by loss-prevention officers at Hudson Belk in Cary Towne Center. Police said Danielle Bowen had some stolen items in her possession, and more were found after officers searched her home and vehicle.

“Since the arrest, the duo has admitted to selling stolen items on the Internet over the last nine months,” Capt. Don Hamilton said. “There are reasons why online deals sometimes seem too good to be true, so use caution when considering a purchase from a third-party seller.”


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  • insert name here Sep 6, 2012

    They both look like they are on meth.

  • warbirdlover Sep 6, 2012

    Funny thing happened the other day. I had some electronics for my R/C airplane in my pocket (Telemetry Parts) and when I walked into Books A Million, the scanner at the doorway went berserk, informing me I was a Thief. Walked out and back in, the same thing happened. Just weird. I haven't the slightest clue, to which internal component caused the scanner to go off.

  • RebelCat Sep 6, 2012

    This was probably the same couple that robbed the Tuesday Morning on Buck Jones Road about a month ago.

  • OneLove Sep 6, 2012

    Let me fix that for ya. "They are they reason why you cannot be safe in a town like (add your city here)"

  • Its the who what Sep 6, 2012

    They look like two characters you would need to keep an eye on when they walk in a store. But again, this in common in Cary just not on the violent side like the crimes that are usually committed in this area. They are citizens of Cary and a financial drain on every taxpayer in NC. Probably have multiple children and are drug abusers. They are they reason why you cannot be safe in a town like Cary

  • tran Sep 6, 2012

    Of all the places to shoplift, they picked Belks, perhaps one of the pioneers in loss prevention. My aunt worked for them 40 years ago and told us all kinds of stories of people being caught shoplifting there. Belks was the first place I had heard of to use cameras. Having seen it all before, Belks loss prevention was probably wise to her shielded bag as soon as she walked in the door.

  • Nancy Sep 6, 2012

    That address IS the Red Roof Inn in Cary, the same facility that recently arrested the man and two teen girls for prostitution and soliciting if I remember correctly. Right at the Rte 1 exchange at Walnut St. Across from Crossroads.

  • AX MAN Sep 6, 2012

    So sad. Such a lovely looking woman.

  • iron fist Sep 5, 2012

    The media cannot cover up the crime in Cary anymore they are in the news daily now

  • Barfly Sep 5, 2012

    "While there is no excuse for shoplifting, that's a pretty amusing statement with NC unemployment above 10%....I hope I don't see you posting how bad Obama stinks at fixing the economy on other threads. tar97heel

    Obama doesn't need to fix the economy. His supporters already expect something for nothing. Why work? Shoplifting is easy...consider it a part-time job.