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Women accused of stealing more than $100,000 worth of designer purses

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Posted - Jul. 7, 2020 at 7:22 a.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Two women accused of stealing more than $100,000 in designer purses were charged Monday.

Akaija M’shea-Beverli Elder, 18, and Akaila Maisunxian Elder, 20, both of Fairfield, California, were charged in 3rd District Court with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

On Nov. 26, the two women went into The Lady Bag, 149 S. Main, where one tried to distract the employee while the other “cut cords off several bags and attempted to pull a purse from the shelf,” according to charging documents.

When the employee told the woman to stop, one of the women sprayed the employee in the face with pepper spray, the charges state.

“The two females then grabbed $104,200 worth of designer purses” and ran out of the store, according to charging documents.

While investigating the case, Salt Lake police learned the same two women were arrested for a similar robbery in California in December, the charges state.

A warrant was issued for Akaija Elder’s arrest on Monday, who is believed to still be in California, according to the charges.

Akaila Elder is currently in the Weber County Jail. She was charged along with two others on June 22 in 2nd District Court with five counts of unlawful acquisition of a bank card, a third-degree felony; unlawful use of a bank card, a class A misdemeanor; having a false ID, a class A misdemeanor; theft, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, all class B misdemeanors.

In that case, she is accused of stealing other people’s credit cards and using them at local stores.

Pat Reavy

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