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Utica sisters accused of shoplifting from Sangertown Square

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Two Utica sisters face charges in connection with thefts from Sangertown Square, New Hartford police said.

Rachel Yangasa, 18, is charged with robbery in the second degree, and Tania Yangasa, 16, is charged with larceny and robbery in the second degree.

According to authorities, on April 14, police responded to Macy's. The loss prevention officer said two women were acting suspiciously in the children's department, which caused them to be put under surveillance. One of the women began selecting and concealing clothes in a shopping bag, and the two left without paying for merchandise.

When the loss prevention officer approached the pair outside the store, a physical confrontation begin, which results in a struggle on the ground, where the loss prevention officer was slapped. The two were able to escape with the clothing from Macy's.

Photos were placed on the New Hartford Police Facebook page in an attempt to identify the suspects.

On May 6, Tania Yangasa was located by patrol officers on Commercial Drive after a theft at the H&M Store in the mall. On May 7, Rachel Yangasa was located and charged.

The two were sent to the Oneida County Jail. Bail was set at $10,000 cash bail for each.

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