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Alleged serial shoplifters arrested after viewer tips lead to hotel

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Nov 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-30 23:38:36-05

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – Police in West Valley City have caught two alleged serial shoplifters, thanks in part to tips from viewers.

Police say tips led them to a hotel, but once officers got there, they found that the two had already left. But the suspects, Daniel Craig Edwards and Jennifer Allyce Hatch, were found at the Gateway Motel about a half mile away and arrested.

Edwards and Hatch allegedly stole from at least 11 retail stores in malls around the valley, hitting ten Macy’s stores and one Nordstrom.

“Right now they’re estimating somewhere between seven and nine thousand dollars in merchandise that they were able to steal,” said West Valley City Police Lt. Dalan Taylor. “They’re stealing high end clothing, and purses seemed to be what they were going after.”

Edwards and Hatch were both booked on theft charges, as well as possession of a controlled substance.