Titusville Police have arrested two women suspected of stealing high dollar merchandise from Ulta Beauty retail stores in Titusville and Viera.
Claire Sylvie Francois, 23, of West Palm Beach, was arrested and charged with two Felony counts of Grand Theft and two counts of Retail Theft.
Janautica Shaniqua Taylor, 22, of West Palm Beach, was arrested and charged with Felony Grand Theft.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Titusville Police were alerted at approximately 12:30 PM on Friday, February 4, 2022 to a report of two adult female shoppers matching the descriptions of two suspects, who had just left an Ulta Beauty store in Viera with merchandise that had not been paid for and were in progress of committing the exact same crime at Titusville Ulta Beauty store, located at 2340 South Washington Avenue.
Within ten minutes of the initial call for service, police had the two retail burglary suspects, who were attempting to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise, in custody.
“Great teamwork between both law enforcement and our business community”, said Titusville Police Chief John Lau. “This type of snatch and grab crime will not be tolerated in Titusville”, added Lau.
Francois and Taylor were booked into the Brevard County Jail.
Based on investigative evidence, detectives believe this incident is connected to a multi-jurisdictional retail crime ring.
Detectives are following up on all leads and this remains and active on-going investigation.
If anyone has any information about this crime, we urge them to contact the Titusville Police Department (321) 264-7800 or anonymously Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.