A 29-year-old Baton Rouge woman was arrested Tuesday morning (Dec. 19) in connection with the brazen robbery of about $1,500 worth of merchandise from a Mandeville Victoria’s Secret store last week.
Alicia R. Maloid was taken into custody at her home, wearing a Victoria’s Secret “Pink” shirt, Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Sticker said. She will be returned to St. Tammany where she will be booked with armed robbery, police said.
On Dec. 12, police said five women walked out of the Victoria’s Secret store in the Premier Shopping Center, 3414 U.S. 190, carrying armfuls of merchandise. Two of the thieves were armed, one with mace and one with a stun gun. Two store employees were sprayed with the mace, while a third employee was shocked with the stun gun.
After releasing surveillance video of the crime, Sticker said police received many leads from the public. The leads and investigatory work led police to Maloid, Sticker said.
Detectives secured an arrest warrant and with the help of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Maloid was taken into custody Tuesday morning at her Baton Rouge residence. “Ironically Maloid was sporting a VS “Pink” brand t-shirt when she was arrested,” according to a news release from Mandeville police.
A search warrant was also executed on Maloid’s residence, which turned up several articles of Victoria’s Secret merchandise along with other brands that are suspected to be stolen. Maloid has an extensive criminal history in the Baton Rouge area for theft, fraud, drug and related charges, police reported in the news release.
Detectives are still pursuing the remaining suspects and the investigation continues, Sticker said.
“As chief of police I would like to commend my officers, detectives and dispatchers who gathered information, screened calls, emails and social media messages to put together a solid case which ultimately netted a violent offender,” Sticker said in the news release. “I would also like to thank the public and the media for their interest and for helping us shake the bushes. Once again we showed how it’s done; each of us doing our part to preserve our unique quality of life.”