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Cary duo charged in shoplifting scheme

Posted September 5, 2012 3:48 p.m. EDT
Updated September 6, 2012 5:32 a.m. EDT

— 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.”