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4 women charged in Glenbrook theft spree

Four women were charged Wednesday in the theft of thousands of dollars in merchandise from Fort Wayne department stores.

On June 5, a loss prevention employee at Carson’s department store at Glenbrook Square noticed the women as they went through the store and put items in their purses, bags and a shopping cart from Macy’s, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The loss prevention employee stopped the group after they left the store and found $3,265 worth of merchandise with them, the affidavit said.

The items included 11 watches, undergarments, phone accessories and jewelry. Police also found more merchandise with the tags still on them in the group’s possession from Sears, J.C. Penney’s and Gymboree.

Investigators could not find any receipts for that merchandise, the affidavit said.

Zara I. Mahamat, 28; Safa Mahamat, 19; Amina Z. Bajouri, 41; and Mahassine A. Koiboro, 19, all of the same address in the 3200 block of Chancellor Drive in Fort Wayne, were each charged with one count of theft.

They were all released after posting $2,500 bond each, according to Allen County Lockup.