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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN THEFTS WALLETS LIFTED FROM PURSES.

Byline: ALEX DOBUZINSKIS

Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA -- 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 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 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 and theft by credit card in connection with the Santa Clarita cases.

Jackson said Gibson and Burrell worked as a team, with one distracting the victim while the other reached into her purse and stole her wallet.

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