Shoplifter Caught Taking Merchandise From Three Stores

A 26 year-old woman with prior convictions for larceny was arrested Tuesday night after she allegedly shoplifted from three Smithfield stores.

At 7:30pm, Smithfield Police responded to Outlet Center Drive after employees at Nike Factory Store, Clark’s and Christopher Banks reported someone had taken merchandise without paying.

Police arrested Ashley Darlene O’Neal, 26, of Gatwick Court, Clayton for felony habitual larceny.

Police said O’Neal stole $124.98 in shoes from Nike, $199.96 in shoes from Clark’s and $115.17 in shirts from Christopher Banks. All the stolen merchandise was recovered.

According to the NC Department of Public Safety website, O’Neal was convicted in Johnston County in 2008, 2014 and 2015 and in Wake County in 2011 for larceny.

O’Neal was charged with felony habitual larceny by Smithfield Police. She was placed in the Johnston County Jail Tuesday night under a $40,000 bond.