Nevada woman allegedly caught with goods stolen from 13 SLO businesses

Trang My Lam
Trang My Lam

A Nevada woman was arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing $3,000 worth of merchandise from stores in downtown San Luis Obispo, according to police.

Around 3:35 p.m., officers responded to a report of a woman leaving Coverings, a clothing store at 760 Higuera St., without paying for her merchandise. The shoplifter was described as an Asian woman, about 50 years old, wearing a large white sun hat and carrying two tote bags.

After a search of the area, officers detained a woman matching that description in the 900 block of Higuera Street. Police said surveillance video from Coverings confirmed that Trang My Lam, 44, of Las Vegas was the woman who stole the merchandise.

Jewelry, with price tags still attached, was found in one of Lam's tote bags, police said, and she didn't have any receipts. Officers then searched her vehicle and reportedly found several other bags of merchandise.

Altogether, the recovered merchandise — from 13 downtown businesses — was estimated to be worth about $3,000, police said.

Lam was arrested on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and petty theft with a prior conviction. She was booked into County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.