Woman had hundreds of stolen clothes, accessories, Raleigh police say

rgallagher@newsobserver.comJuly 19, 2013 

— Detectives searching the home of a Raleigh woman who had told officers she sold merchandise from her car found more than 300 items of clothing and accessories they said had been stolen from stores and 116 of the security tags that are supposed to prevent thefts, according to a search warrant.

The warrant was for Elsie Quintina Joyner’s home at 5533 Berry Creek Circle and her 2008 Lexus and was returned to court clerks Thursday afternoon.

On Tuesday, the warrant states, they found a range of women’s clothing from stores such as Victoria’s Secret, Charlotte Russe, Wet Seal and Hollister along with jewelry and designer bags.

Police charged Joyner, 32, that evening with felony larceny, misdemeanor larceny and possession of stolen goods, according to an arrest report.

In the warrant, Detective T.R. Jackson said the case began in Mid-June when patrol officers went to investigate a trespassing complaint at the Stony Creek North Mobile Home Park off Brentwood Road.

They found Joyner, Jackson wrote, who told them she sold merchandise from her car.

In the burgundy Lexus, they saw merchandize with price tags on it, Jackson said, and they seized it when Joyner could not show evidence that she owned it.

They gave her citations for trespassing and for operating a business without a license.

Detectives got the case to check for connections to any others, Jackson said, he found that “Joyner has a lengthy history of larceny-related offenses in both North Carolina and Virginia.”

Earlier this month, Jackson began returning the seized merchandise to stores in Raleigh and Smithfield, and a manager at an Aeropostale store in Raleigh said he recognized Joyner as someone who had been stopped trying to shoplift merchandise a few days earlier.

Police then got the search warrant and later arrest warrants for Joyner, who lists her occupation as being an independent tax preparer.

Joyner was freed on $11,500 bail after her arrest Tuesday, and is due to appear in court on Aug. 7 on the larceny and possession charges and Aug. 14 on the trespassing and doing-business citations.

She also has a court date July 25 on charges of driving while impaired and failing to maintain control and stay in a lane on the road.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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