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Police Arrest Rhythm in Rye Accused Thieves

Rye police arrested the two women accused of stealing $700 worth of items from Rhythm in Rye last week.

The two women accused of stealing $700 worth of clothing from Rhythm in Rye last Friday returned to the scene of the alleged crime Wednesday and found themselves in handcuffs.

Rhythm in Rye owner Renee Drummond recognized them immediately from the security tapes where she watched them stuff three expensive items into a purse. She grabbed the phone and called 911.

“I guess they did so good, they came back,” Drummond joked. They had already visited a few other Purchase Street stores before showing up at Rhythm, Drummond said.

The two women, whose identification have not yet been released, were arrested on Nov. 21 and each charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor.

 They were released on $250 bail each and are due in Rye City Court on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 9 a.m., said Detective Chittenden.

“I didn’t want to press charges, I just wanted to get stuff back and tell them I forgave them. I am also a life coach, so I wanted to ask them why they are doing that,” Drummond said. But Drummond decided to press charges once she learned that otherwise she would have to take the two women to civil court.

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Bob Zahm November 21, 2012 at 10:35 PM
She should probably still take them to small claims court as she'll likely otherwise get nothing out of the court proceeding.
Renea Henry November 22, 2012 at 02:39 AM
You were certainly tenacious! Good for you and the other business owners!
renee drummond November 22, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Thank you Rene Henry..... We can do anything when we come together.... I just hope that the alleged thieves decide to stop stealing... I am grateful to Patch for creating the space to show our fac!... Happy Thanksgiving....
Ben Harris November 22, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Do I understand correctly that you called 911 the EMERGENCY number to report people that you believed may have shoplifted from your store?
renee drummond November 22, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Yes Ben I did call 911. And to correct what you said I did not (believe) I knew for sure:) They were caught on tape Friday and then returned to the scene of the Crime Wednesday looking around about to do it again.. And thank God I did because they would have continued to steal and hurt other businesses as well. So in a criminal matter it is ok to call the call 911..

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