New Jersey mother-daughter duo face charges for 6-state shoplifting ring

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Breanna Britt and her mother Caroline Britt allegedlly shoplifted more than $100,000 in merchandise. (New Jersey Attorney General's Office)

Breanna Britt and her mother Caroline Britt allegedly shoplifted more than $100,000 in merchandise. (New Jersey Attorney General’s Office)

TRENTON, N.J. — A woman and her daughter allegedly teamed up to shoplift about $107,000 worth of merchandise from JCPennny stores, authorities said.

Caroline Britt, 47, and her daughter Breanna Britt, 23, allegedly shoplifted expensive cosmetics from stores in New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Prosecutors say they returned the stolen merchandise for store credit.

“Alleged thieves like the Britts would have little to deter them if they only faced shoplifting charges, but by uncovering the full scope of their activities, we’ve charged them with serious crimes,” said Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

The mother-daughter duo were both indicted Thursday on charges for conspiracy, shoplifting, identity theft and leading an organized retail theft enterprise, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s office. The mother-daughter The mother, Caroline, is currently in Bergen County Jail on unrelated charges. An arrest warrant has been issued for Breanna Britt.

“Shoplifting was the same as stealing cash for this mother and daughter duo, once they devised this alleged scheme,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “Schemes like this are one reason why organized retail theft costs retailers across the United States billions of dollars per year.”

Both women face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000 if convicted.