Police: Woman accused of 16 thefts at Target stores in 5 Valley cities over 34 days

Posted at 12:58 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 01:29:11-04

Court records show that from July 19 to August 22, 29-year-old Molly Johanna Keller stole over $4,000 worth of products from various Target stores around the Valley.

Police report that in cooperation with Target investigators, they used store and pawn shop surveillance video to tie Keller to 16 thefts of Target stores in Mesa, Glendale, Phoenix, Gilbert and Scottsdale.

Keller would typically take Polaroid printers, computer hard drives, modems and Apple TV receivers and bring them to various pawn shops to sell, still unopened.

Police say the total value of the items taken was just over $4,098.34.

Police found and arrested Keller near Hayden and Indian Bend roads in Scottsdale.

Keller made no comments to police but did jump out of the police car while it was sitting in the parking lot, and ran away while handcuffed. Police caught her abut 40 yards away. She then commented to police saying, "I had to try."

Officers located a black tar substance, which they said is consistent with heroin, tin foil, cut straw and a lighter in the purse Keller was carrying. 

Keller has been charged with 16 counts of retail theft, trafficking in stolen property, escape, narcotic drug possession and drug paraphernalia possession.