A mother is in custody after she allegedly stole over a thousand dollars’ worth of clothes from Philadelphia's Center City Macy’s store and then abandoned her young daughter after escaping from custody.
Police say 27-year-old Mahogany Terry of Philadelphia stole 17 items of clothing from the Men’s Department inside the Macy’s on 13th and Market streets back on February 11 around 6 p.m. The woman’s 4-year-old daughter was with her at the time, according to investigators.
As Terry went into a dressing room to conceal the stolen items she was apprehended by security guards inside the store, police said. Investigators determined she had stolen $1400 in merchandise.
Terry and her daughter were detained by Macy’s Loss Prevention officers and taken to a room for further processing, according to officials. They then handcuffed Terry’s hand to a bench, police said. Terry then allegedly freed herself from the handcuff, escaped from the room and fled, leaving her daughter behind.
Terry’s daughter was taken to the Department of Human Services and was later reunited with her relatives. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Terry who lives on the 2900 block of North 29th Street. She was picked up by police from her home around 11 p.m. Monday and taken into custody. She is expected to be charged with retail theft and endangering the welfare of a child.
Prior to the latest incident, Terry was arrested twice before on similar charges, according to court records.