SANTA FE (KRQE) - Police believe they have finally caught a pair of picky shoplifters who have been pilfering pricey merchandise from high-end stores in Santa Fe.
Robert Rivera, 25, and Cassandra Logan, 23, are responsible for thefts from several stores in downtown Santa Fe, according to police.
Santa Fe police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said each of the thefts took place while the businesses were up and running.
"So far we've found them to be responsible for about $70,000 worth of missing merchandise," Dobyns said.
Dobyns said while the couple's sneaky techniques got them out the door without being caught, their taste for pricey picks also led them to stores that had surveillance cameras.
A jewelry store security system recorded a woman police described as pretty, petite and cunning.
The woman walked into the store on Valentines Day. She tried on a $40,000 Cartier Watch, even had the employees size it for her, and walked right out.
Detectives said that woman was Logan and she played it off as if she was looking for her mother outside. But once the employee turned away she bolted.
Police said Logan ran right into a car that belongs to Rivera, her boyfriend.
Just weeks before that jewelry store hit, police said Rivera waltzed into a Santa Fe gallery specializing in Native American products. Police said surveillance video showed him slipping into a back room and stuffing items down his pants.
Doyns said Rivera walked away with pricey tobacco canteens.
"The larceny was valued at about $24,000," Dobyns said.
Dobyns said the two have been very busy and are being investigated for at least five Santa Fe store thefts a jewelry store rip-off in Madrid.
"The amount of the items they've been stealing is detrimental to the local businesses," Dobyns said.
As for the couple, whom police say was on an extravagant shoplifting spree, it will cost them a pretty penny to get out of jail. According to the Santa Fe County jail website both are being held on $100,000 bonds.
The couple had been picked up on another warrant a few weeks ago. On Thursday they were indicted on seven larceny counts.
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