PD: Tempe couple stole from Target, Total Wine

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 20:31:32-04

A Valley couple is facing multiple charges in connection with nine thefts of Tempe-area Target stores and two Total Wine stores.

Court records show that 43-year-old Renard June Owens and 28-year-old Ashley Lovelle Smythe stole more than $4,000 worth of merchandise from Target, and over $1,000 from Total Wine.

Police say from February 8 to May 3, the couple stole from Target stores at McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, and McClintock Drive and Baseline Road. 

Police also report the couple is responsible for thefts at two Tempe Total Wine stores, where they stole $1,200 worth of liquor, including Cognac, Seagram's whiskey and various vodkas.

The pair would allegedly sell the liquor to people in their neighborhood, usually getting $20 to $25 per bottle.

After they were arrested, the suspects reportedly told police that they needed the money to pay bills, especially baby formula and diapers.

They have both been charged with multiple counts of retail theft, shoplifting and trafficking in stolen property.