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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN THEFTS WALLETS LIFTED FROM PURSES.



Byline: ALEX DOBUZINSKIS

Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country,  -- Authorities have arrested a suspect who they say is one of two women caught on security cameras stealing wallets from elderly grocery shoppers.

Sheriff's Detective Jeffrey Jackson of the Santa Clarita station said Tuesday that Aesha Deshay Gibson, 24, was arrested at 1:12 a.m. Monday at a home in Palmdale.

Gibson and Mishelle Nishee Burrell, 30, are suspected of stealing wallets on Dec. 29 from two women shopping at Food 4 Less in Canyon Country and the Ralphs at Granary Square in Valencia, Jackson said.

Authorities had been searching for the two suspects for two months after tipsters identified them. Ultimately, another tipster tipster

A person who provides inside information.
 saw footage on TV and directed authorities to Gibson.

"We're pleased at the support that was provided by the general public, which greatly assisted in the apprehension The seizure and arrest of a person who is suspected of having committed a crime.

A reasonable belief of the possibility of imminent injury or death at the hands of another that justifies a person acting in Self-Defense against the potential attack.
 of the suspect," Jackson said. "We're continuing to pursue ... leads in hopes that the other suspect will be caught soon."

Gibson was being held in the sheriff's jail at the Palmdale station. She faces charges of grand theft, burglary burglary, at common law, the breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony, whether the intent is carried out or not.  and theft by credit card in connection with the Santa Clarita cases.

Jackson said Gibson and Burrell worked as a team, with one distracting dis·tract  
tr.v. dis·tract·ed, dis·tract·ing, dis·tracts
1. To cause to turn away from the original focus of attention or interest; divert.

2. To pull in conflicting emotional directions; unsettle.
 the victim while the other reached into her purse and stole her wallet See digital wallet. .

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