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RACINE — Three Milwaukee women were charged this week in connection to an alleged daytime theft at Hobby Lobby.

Amber S. Ellis, 24, of the 4300 block of North 49th Street; Tamyra S. Ellis, 41, of the 2300 block of West 18th Street and Octavia A. Johnson, 24, of the 1400 block of Highland Avenue, were all charged with felony retail theft as repeat offenders.

Amber Ellis and Johnson were also charged with misdemeanor bail jumping, as repeat offenders.

According to the criminal complaints:

At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, the three women — who had a small boy with them — entered Hobby Lobby, 2406 S. Green Bay Road, and filled two shopping carts with merchandise.

The women reportedly walked out of the store with the carts and without paying for the items.

A cashier working at the time of the alleged theft said she confronted the women after they left the store and attempted to direct them back inside. The cashier claimed that one of the women subsequently shoved her, grabbed the cart and loaded it into a Nissan Altima, before speeding away with the trunk open.

In total, 41 items, worth approximately $1,200 were allegedly taken from the store.

After Hobby Lobby employees reported the theft, police located the Altima with the three women in it on Interstate 94. When they stopped the vehicle, officers could allegedly see the stolen merchandise in plain view within the Nissan.

All three women reportedly admitted to the theft during an interview with police.

Johnson was out on bond at the time of the alleged Hobby Lobby theft for a charge of retail theft as a party to a crime in Waukesha County.

Amber S. Ellis was also out on bond at the time of the incident, for a charge of misdemeanor retail theft as a repeater in Milwaukee County.

Previous convictions

Tamyra S. Ellis was previously convicted of retail theft in 2016, retail and business theft in 2015 and forgery in 2004.

Amber S. Ellis was previously convicted of retail theft in 2016, bail jumping in 2015 and four counts of retail theft in 2015.

Johnson was previously convicted of theft in a business setting and theft of movable property in 2015 as well as credit card theft in 2014.

Hearing dates

According to online court records, a preliminary hearing in the charges against Tamyra S. Ellis is set for 9 a.m. on Jan. 18 in the lower level hearing room of the Law Enforcement Center.

A preliminary hearing in the charges against Amber S. Ellis and Johnson is set for 9 a.m. on Jan. 25 in the lower level hearing room of the Law Enforcement Center.

As of Thursday evening, Johnson was still in custody at the Racine County Jail on $5,000 bond, Amber Ellis was in custody on $120 bond and Tamyra Ellis was in custody on $5,000 bond.

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