Two Women Caught Stealing Nearly $2,000 in Electronics During 'Shop With a Cop' Event

Two Michigan women were accused of stealing nearly $2,000 worth of electronics from a Target during a "shop with a cop" event.

About 15 officers from four departments were participating in Shop With a Cop, a charity event aimed to help underprivileged children during Christmas, at a Target store in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, on Wednesday. The officers were alerted that two women were being questioned on suspicion of retail fraud at the store's loss prevention office, WDIV-TV reported.

Keiana Wilson, a 40-year-old from Burton, and Dana Johnson, an 18-year-old from Flint, were reportedly caught on camera loading a cart with two Apple watches, two iPads and a Nintendo gaming system. The women then allegedly walked past the registers without paying, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"The loss prevention (officers) actually apprehended them, then they asked for police assistance," Sylvan Lake Police Sgt. Michael Mondeau told the newspaper. "The police officers were only about 20 feet away when they tried to walk out of the store."

Bloomfield Township Police Sgt. Dan Brown said the two women knew there were officers around at the time of their attempted heist. Johnson approached an officer earlier that night and complimented him on "how generous the cops were with their time," Brown told the Detroit Free Press.

"It wasn't 10 minutes later that (the same officer) gets called into the loss prevention office," Brown said. "She was trying to distract him."

Wilson and Johnson were arraigned on retail fraud charges in 48th District Court. Wilson's bond was set at $20,000, with the option to post 10 percent. Meanwhile, Johnson, who has a past criminal history, had her bond set at $250,000.

Johnson was being held in the Oakland County Jail as of Saturday morning. Jail records revealed the 18-year-old was being held on the retail fraud charges from the 48th District Court, as well as two retail fraud theft charges from the 52nd District Court.

Wilson was released on Thursday, according to Oakland County Jail records.

Both women requested court-appointed attorneys. They were scheduled back in court on January 3, 2019.

Shop With a Cop Thieves
Keiana Wilson (L) and Dana Johnson (R) are accused of attempting to steal nearly $2,000 in electronics from a Michigan Target. Wilson was released but Johnson remains at Oakland County Jail. Oakland County Jail