Alleged Serial Shoplifter Meets Her Match in Millburn

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    This reality show turned out well for the two women who opened up an accessories store in tony Millburn, N.J. and not so well for the woman caught red-handed on video, and a few minutes later by police.

    The store is called Seed 387 and it opened back in October. And three days before Christmas, its first shoplifter appeared to be a serial thief, according to police.

    "I felt violated and it was just upsetting to me that somebody would come into our store and do that," said co-owner Nancy Levy a day later.

    Store Owners fight back

    [NY] Store Owners fight back
    Store owners fight back against a would-be theif

    But Levy, and her partner in crime solving, Nancy Rudman, took pride in catching this thief identified by Millburn Police as Sharon Rideout, 57 of Teaneck, N.J.

    The security video shows the well-dressed woman browsing through their store, but at one point holding her right arm tightly against her body in the last few minutes.

    That was after she had visited a part of the shop where a $215 purse ended up missing.

    Rudman saw the tag hanging from inside Rideout's coat as she was leaving, ran up to her and demanded the merchandise back.

    The woman complied, then fled. But that wasn't the end.

    These two housewives(in reality married professional women who decided to open this boutique) followed her out onto the sidewalk, spying the license plate of a vehicle that eventually picked her up.

    But they had called police and they quickly responded, pulling the driver and Rideout over around the corner(and in front of the Millburn police station).

    "I was very happy that we caught her," said Rudman who admitted it was almost like fulfilling a civic duty.

    Police told them Rideout had 32 aliases and 8 social security numbers.

    But they didn't keep her in lock-up very long.

    Instead, a police spokesman told NBCNewYork that Rideout was taken to another shopping hub--Paramus, where police there wanted her on several outstanding warrants,

    Among them--shoplifting.

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