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Makeup Marauder Caught After Weeklong Shoplifting Spree: Police

By Noah Hurowitz | February 18, 2016 4:18pm
 Eva Doublerg, 28, stole thousands of dollars of cosmetics and perfume from three Sephora stores in Manhattan, police said.
Eva Doublerg, 28, stole thousands of dollars of cosmetics and perfume from three Sephora stores in Manhattan, police said.
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UNION SQUARE — A woman went on a shoplifting spree in Manhattan, stealing thousands of dollars worth of cosmetics and other loot from five stores over the course of a week, according to a criminal complaint.

Eva Doublerg, 28, hit three Sephora makeup stores, a CVS, and a Michael Kors store between Feb. 6 and Feb. 14, making off with more than $4,000 worth of goods before finally getting caught, police said.

On Feb. 6, Doublerg walked into a Sephora at 45 E. 17th Street in Union Square shortly after 3:30 p.m., despite having received a lifetime ban from the company’s stores after being caught shoplifting last May, according to a criminal complaint. She proceeded to snag about 16 items of cosmetics and perfume worth a total of $1,152, tossed them into her bag, and walked out without paying, officials said.

She struck again two days later at a Sephora at about 4:35 p.m. at 119 Fifth Avenue in Flatiron, and tried to walk out of the store with $1,350 worth of cosmetics, police said. When a security guard spotted her and tried to stop her, Doublerg sank her teeth into his arm and fled, leaving behind a bag full of cosmetics and papers with her name on them, according to a criminal complaint.

Doublerg resurfaced on Feb. 12 at 3:15 p.m. at a 130 W. 34th St. Sephora in Herald Square, police said. An employee who noticed Doublerg putting items into her bag approached the alleged thief and asked if she wanted a shopping cart, prompting Doublerg to dash out of the store, taking with her 17 items worth $690, according to a criminal complaint.

Doublerg’s luck ran out when she attempted to shoplift from her first target, the Union Square Sephora, police said. She entered the store at about 1 p.m., but quickly left when she noticed she had caught the eye of a security guard, who recognized her from surveillance footage, according to court documents.

The security guard followed Doublerg to a CVS at 215 Park Ave. S. — A store that has been repeatedly hit by shoplifters in recent months — and then to a Michael Kors store at 133 Fifth Ave., where he saw her nick a handbag from a display and stroll out of the store without paying, according to a criminal complaint.

After following Doublerg to a nearby subway station, the security Guard met up with a police officer who stopped the thief and, upon examining her bag, discovered $405 worth of stolen loot from CVS and $534 worth of goods from Michael Kors, according to the criminal complaint.

Prosecutors charged Doublerg with robbery, larceny, and burglary charges, and a judge ordered her held on $20,000 bail pending her next court date on Feb. 23, records show.

Doublerg was previously arrested for unspecified charges on July 7, and on Aug. 27 received an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, records show.

Doublerg’s lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.