The enterprise of an alleged retail crime ring has been curtailed after five members were taken into custody Friday.
Calling themselves the “Get Money Team,” authorities say the group of women has been identified in more than 20 reported incidents of retail theft in Marion and surrounding counties. Police also allege that two of the women assaulted a retail sales clerk during one heist.
“Through ongoing intelligence gathering, it was determined that this group has been operating for approximately 10 years as an organized retail crime group known as the ‘Get Money Team,’” said IMPD Downtown District Commander Karen Arnette.
This group is known throughout their community as the ‘Booster,’” Arnette said. “The group took orders and sold stolen merchandise out of their homes, trunks of their vehicles and hair salons. They believed they could commit these crimes with impunity.”
The group has been charged with multiple felony counts, including corrupt business influence, criminal recklessness, theft and forgery, in relation to alleged counterfeit $20 bills presented by two of the women.
Prosecutors said the suspects are known to many employees at retail stores all over Marion County. Court documents said the suspects pilfered multiple retail outlets including Burlington Coat Factory, Rack Room Shoes, Victoria’s Secret, Buckle, Carter’s and Sunglass Hut.
Investigators said expensive sunglasses were a favorite item for the suspects to steal and resell.
Those charged were Francheska McGraw, Apiphany Porter, Kenya Matthews, Latoya McGill and Veronica Perry. An additional two women remain at-large with active warrants for their arrest.