Shoplifters sentenced in Washington Square thefts
A California man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after he and a partner stole thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Washington Square.
Shingo Fujimoto, 30, of San Leandro, Calif., and 20-year-old Maree Briones, of Las Vegas, were arrested in September outside of the mall after police say they started a 'calculated and lengthy series of thefts' in Oregon and Washington.
Officers responded to a shoplifting call at Washington Square on Sept. 23, and found the two in a parked rental car in the mall's parking lot, according to Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf.
Wolf said that the car was filled with several bags of clothing and other items.
According to police, the couple had a history of returning stolen goods to stores in exchange for gift cards, which they would use to purchase items.
The items stolen from Washington Square - including merchandise from Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Victoria's Secret, Eddie Bauer, and others - were estimated to be worth about $15,000.
Police also found gift cards and receipts totaling nearly $1,800, as well as airline travel documents, hotel receipts and detailed notes about other retail stores in Oregon and Washington.
Last month Fujimoto was convicted of one count of organized retail theft and eight counts of first-degree theft. He was sentenced to two years and two months in prison.
Briones was convicted of one count of organized retail theft and three counts of first-degree theft in October and is currently serving two years probation.