Nordstrom 'pepper-spray' theft suspect nabbed

Polcie arrest Shunaka Jackson, 32, for stealing swimsuit from Nordstrom at Stanford Shopping Center

Oakland police Wednesday afternoon arrested one of two suspected shoplifters who fled Stanford Shopping Center in a rental car about 7 p.m. Tuesday -- after stealing a swimsuit and pepper spraying three Nordstrom security guards Monday evening.

Police worked with the rental-car company to locate the rental car, Palo Alto police Sgt. Dan Ryan said. He said Oakland officers found Shunaka Jackson, 32, with the car, along with the stolen swimsuit.

Ryan said officers also worked with a California state parole officer and Oakland police on the case. Jackson, an Oakland resident, was stopped by Oakland officers about 2 p.m. Tuesday at 92nd Street and Plymouth Avenue.

Jackson was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose for robbery, being a parolee in possession of chemical spray and a parole hold.

The three security officers have recovered.

The use of pepper spray turned what would have been theft into robbery, Ryan said.

Jackson's alleged accomplice, her 21-year-old cousin, has not yet been located, Ryan said. He said the women are believed to be part of a ring that steals merchandise then returns the items for cash.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm

That musta been a heckuva swimsuit!

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Posted by Frank
a resident of Meadow Park
on Aug 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm

It was from Nordstrom, so YEAH!

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Posted by Old Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Someone should explain risk/reward to this woman! The sad reality is she could be facing real jail time for this. Probably much longer than the average corporate embezzler.

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:37 am

THREE security guards. Yowza.

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Posted by sam
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 28, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I'll bet the cost of the rental car and gas to travel from Oakland and back, was more than the cost of the swim suit. Risk/reward apparently doesn't come into it when someone wants something.

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