GPS trackers on beauty products lead police to alleged trio of thieves

They were arrested in Miami after a shopping spree of cosmetics' stores in Broward County. What they didn't know was that some of the items had GPS trackers affixed to them.

MIAMI, Fla. – Three women are in custody after GPS trackers on beauty-store merchandise led police to an alleged trio of robbers in Miami on Wednesday.

Timaya Timara, 27, Brynisha Lynonn, 24, and Quatika Vernette, 22, are all under arrest accused of a string of retail thefts at cosmetics’ stores across Broward County, allegedly taking make-up and supplies valued at nearly $8,000.

Their heist, according to investigators, began just after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Sephora store at 1809 S. University Drive in Davie. They walked out of the front doors with almost $2,000 worth of merchandise, but not before a store employee snapped a picture of one of the women.

Then the women got into a silver Nissan sedan and drove to Dania Beach, where they stole more than $3,000 in products from an ULTA store in Dania Pointe at 1760 S. Bearing St.

After that, they went to an ULTA on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale where, investigators said they took off with nearly $2,500 of goods.

Some of the items that that they stole from the ULTA store were affixed with GPS trackers leading officers to the women outside of a 7-Eleven store in Miami-Dade off Northwest 62nd Street and 31st Avenue. Sky 10 captured the arrest as they were taken into custody.

The suspects could be linked to about 40 additional thefts dating back to August at multiple cosmetic stores including other Sephora and ULTA stores across Broward County, according to the Davie Police Criminal Investigations Division. Investigators believe the goods could add up to more than $100,000 in stolen merchandise.

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