Second Woman Arrested in JC Penny Shoplifting Incident

Jul 29, 2021 at 05:08 pm by WGNS

ABOVE: Recovered Stolen Items and mugshots of Ketara Wright (woman on left) and Dereka Conway (woman on right)

A second suspect has been arrested in a shoplifting incident that police were notified about by a JC Penny employee.

Murfreesboro Police Public Information Officer Larry Flowers explains what happened on June 26th...



25-Year-old Dereka Conway of Nashville was charged with theft/shoplifting on the same day that police were called. At that point, the second subject had not yet been apprehended.

Now, police have filed charges against the second woman who was accused of stuffing bags with thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen items at JCPenney at Stones River Town Centre.

24-Year-old Ketarra Wright was served a warrant and arrested on July 8th at a probation office in Nashville. The Nashville woman is facing charges of theft over $1,000. Detectives said additional charges could be pending.

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Original News Story

Two women are seen stuffing bags full of thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen items at JCPenney at Stones River Town Centre but dropped the keys to the getaway vehicle and couldn’t leave on Saturday, June 26. Police arrested one of the shoplifters.

25-Year-old Dereka Conway of Nashville, is charged with theft/shoplifting.  Conway also had several outstanding theft warrants for her arrest. 

A JCPenney manager saw the women bagging merchandise and leave the store without paying around 6:51 p.m.  


The two women went to get into a Dodge Charger but quickly realized they didn't have the key. 

Murfreesboro Police Department officers located Conway and took her into custody.

After checking the get-away vehicle, police found the stolen clothing from JCPenney valued at $2,295.  There was an additional $9,683.21 worth of shoes, purses, clothing, iMac desktop computer, and tools to remove magnetic security sensors found inside the car. Some of the items were stolen from Hollister Co. at The Avenue. 


Conway is also facing charges for allegedly stealing from Victoria's Secret at The Avenue.  More than $5,800 in merchandise was stolen on May 3, May 6, and May 18.  In the May 18 incident, Conway assaulted a manager. Conway dropped her wallet as the manager attempted to take one of the bags from her.

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