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Breaking: Two women arrested in downtown Lake Oswego may be linked to organized shoplifting ring

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Brown.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Young.Lake Oswego Police arrested two Northeast Portland women Wednesday on charges of theft and possession of controlled substances.

Employees at Sur La Table, 390 N. State St. told police they saw Carmen Genevieve Young, 36, and Victoria Jean Brown, 48, stealing items from the kitchenware store. Police said that when they arrested the women, Young and Brown were carrying more than $2,000 worth of stolen property, as well as methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

Both women were charged with possession of controlled substances and theft. Young also was charged with four counts of violating probation on additional charges of possession, theft and assault.

The women were taken to Clackamas County Jail, where Young remains on $62,500 bail.

Officers are still investigating whether the retail thefts are part of a larger organized shoplifting ring that is operating throughout the Portland metro area. According to Sgt. Tom Hamann, similar incidents have occurred recently at retail stores in Tualatin and Tigard, as well as a theft Friday in Clackamas.

Anyone with further information about the case is asked to contact Sgt. Tom Hamann at 503-635-0238. by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A police photograph shows the drugs and drug paraphernalia discovered on Young and Brown at the time of their arrest.

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