Women to Cops: We Took Clothes Because We Have No Money

Tiffany E. Porto, of Oak Forest, and Symantha L. Migawa, of Alsip, face retail theft charges after being caught with almost $200 in items from Super Kmart, according to a Tinley Park Police report.

Two women face retail theft charges after being accused of stealing almost $200 worth of merchandise Nov. 6 from Super Kmart in the 16300 block of Harlem Avenue in Tinley Park, police report. The women each had a child with them during the incident and told Tinley Park Police that they took the clothes because they had no money.


Tiffany E. Porto, 22, of the 15300 block of Merlin Court in Oak Forest, was charged with felony retail theft because she had a previous retail theft conviction in Lake County and served 30 days in jail for it, the report stated. She was being held until her bond hearing, the report continued.

Symantha L. Migawa, 19, of the 12500 block of Trumbull Avenue in Alsip, was charged with misdemeanor retail theft and was released on a $1,500 bond.

Between 1:30 and 3:40 p.m., the store's loss prevention agent saw the suspects via security camera pushing a cart through the store, taking a long time to look at items and placing numerous clothing items in the cart, the report stated. He then saw Porto put some of the items into a large diaper bag, the report continued.

Porto and Migawa went into the same women's fitting room together, and when they exited, all the clothing in the cart was no longer there, the report stated.

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The store's agent took the women into custody and found they had taken 19 pieces of merchandise that totaled $192.50, the report stated. The women told police they stole the merchandise because they didn't have any money or clothes to wear.

Migawa's mother looked after the children as the women were being processed by police, the report stated.

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sweet heart November 16, 2012 at 05:27 PM
That the truth. how did they get the big bail money if they did not have any money in the first place.
Lucybagussie Mochang November 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Hookers tell the cops that they took their clothes off because they had no money. And these ladies tell the cops they took the clothes because they had no money. Clothes, sure seem to get women in a lot of trouble.
Dan November 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Are you saying we should all get naked?
NYC December 19, 2012 at 04:14 AM
If they really needed clothes they could have gone to a thrift store... Doesn't anyone believe in working hard to earning a living anymore? If they worked instead of hanging out at Kmart, they may actually be able to purchase things. Send them to a third world country and let them see what 'need' really looks like!
David Chambers February 11, 2013 at 03:24 AM
W-O-W! There's a serious lack of compassion here with some nasty, snide commentary thrown in for good measure. I wonder how many of you actually have a woman in your family who does without? Would any of you even know if they did? You all sound like smug, arrogant punks who sit in judgment upon what could be your sisters, nieces, aunts, etc. when what you should be doing (instead of trolling) is donating some time to a local women's shelter. You are all such big, strong American men, surely you must be able to afford to give something more to help others less fortunate than yourselves, instead of sitting in front of your monitor handing down judgment on people whose circumstances you do not have any way of knowing about. Who made you so high and mighty that you can criticize your fellow human being so callously, and out of such ignorance, too? Surely you cannot be the type of man who would impregnate a young lady, then leave when the going got rough, or becoming drug addicts, forcing your 'baby-mama' into becoming thief to have something to wear that actually fits her? NO, you are all "BIG MEN" who support your women, never treat them badly, and have compassion in your hearts for your sister's suffering, right? You shouldn't open your Big Bazoo when you have NO CLUE as to what these young women have been through. That's like telling some veteran how horrible your neighborhood is. Pul-eeeze!


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