RICHMOND — Two New York women are facing charges after police said a traffic stop related to violation of the state’s “Move Over” law led troopers to find a cache of more than $20,000 worth of stolen goods, including designer clothes and jewelry.
State police on Friday night charged Karina Rojas and Angela Maria Perez, both 32 and from Corona, N.Y., with one count each of receiving stolen goods in excess of $1,500 and conspiracy to possess stolen goods.
Rhode Island court records indicated Monday afternoon that both were arraigned before a justice of the peace and released on bond with permission to leave the state pending a felony screening at a later date.
Rhode Island State Police said the women were charged after a Friday night traffic stop along Interstate 95 South in Richmond. The two were in a car that was stopped for violating the state’s “Move Over” law, which requires that motorists change lanes to allow for safe travel and response of emergency vehicles that have their lights showing.
During the traffic stop, a trooper with the Hope Valley barracks of the Rhode Island State Police discovered numerous stolen items that were left in plain view in the car they were in. The items included designer clothing, jewelry, perfume and cosmetics. In addition, police also seized several “booster bags,” which are commonly used by shoplifters and are lined with aluminum or other materials in order to avoid detection when traveling through an anti-theft detection system.
According to police, a follow-up investigation led to the discovery that the items were reportedly stolen from Massachusetts-area stores, including Anthropologie, J. Crew, Bath & Body Works, Express and Athleta. In all, the estimated value of the recovered merchandise was approximately $20,000.
“The penalty for conviction on the charge of receiving stolen goods with a value exceeding $20,000 includes possible imprisonment for not more than 10 years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both,” state police said in a press release.
The case was referred to Washington County Superior Court. Both women are expected to return for a felony screening later this year, although no future court dates have been set.