Nordstrom clerk pleads not guilty to Tacoma theft

A Nordstrom sales clerk accused of stealing nearly $30,000 through false merchandise returns has pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft.

The 21-year-old woman was released from custody without bail.

The saleswoman began working at the Tacoma department store in June, and it wasn’t long before loss prevention officers began monitoring her.

In a two-month span, she returned nine items worth $29,333 to the same few credit cards, according to charging papers.

Prosecutors allege none of the returns had receipts and some items did not come from Nordstrom. One designer blazer had a price tag of $3,300, and a Prada dress was valued at more than $1,900, prosecutors said.

The sales clerk allegedly told police she was approached by a man who runs an organized retail theft ring and asked to participate. She said she was paid $400 to $500 per return.

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