Macy's theft case dropped; woman said false arrest

AP News
Posted: Apr 30, 2014 6:58 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped charges against a shopper who says she was falsely accused of stealing jewelry at Macy's New York City flagship store last fall.

The case arose during a spate of complaints alleging store security profiling of minorities.

The Manhattan district attorney's office told a judge Wednesday it couldn't prove the misdemeanor case against Pakistani immigrant Joweria Khalid beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors didn't give reasons.

Khalid's lawyer says a security guard gave a misleading account.

The guard said he'd watched Khalid throughout her time in the jewelry department Oct. 26. But he apparently didn't notice she bought a $33 bracelet before selecting other items she was accused of taking.

Khalid's lawyer says she planned to take the items to another cashier.

Macy's says it doesn't tolerate discrimination.