Sisters busted for counterfeiting and other crimes

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC-TV) - Two sisters are under arrest after a huge counterfeit bust in Germantown that included fake handbags and fake money.
Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies uncovered the counterfeit goods at 6764 Aldwych, but their investigation began with a string of car break-ins at the apartment complex.

Undercover investigators believed one of the Robinson sisters was their suspect, but when they served the search warrant, they found the second sister who was wanted on several charges. They also discovered the spoils of a multi-state crime spree.

Neighbors couldn't believe their eyes when officers hauled stolen goods from the Germantown apartment Tuesday.

"It's disturbing," said Patty Coleman, who may have been a victim of sisters' crimes.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says undercover officers serving a warrant for car burglaries
found much more than they bargained for. They were originally looking for Yumekia Robinson, but also found Danielle Robinson, who had another outstanding warrant.

"It wasn't that they just found the woman they were looking for, but also her sister," said Steve Shular with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. "Once inside, they found an array of stolen goods."

Those goods implicate the duo on almost every theft crime in the book: counterfeit bills; driver's licenses, one from Florida; Social Security numbers; stolen credit cards, many in purses
believed to have been stolen in car burglaries; jeans with counterfeit labels; and two stolen cars.

Investigators say the sisters used the stolen driver's licenses to rent the cars in Memphis and St. Louis.

Patty Coleman's car was burglarized. "Yeah, last week.  Five other vehicles got broken into the same night."

Investigators are trying to determine if the Robinson sisters broke into those half dozen cars, including Coleman's.

"It's aggravating," Coleman said. "You're working hard, you're trying to take care of yourself and your family and you feel completely violated when somebody else comes in and disrupts your life."
Coleman was glad to know the law was here to help.

"It makes you feel good that it's being taken care of and that it didn't get too far out of hand."

A little boy was in the apartment. He is staying with family.

The Robinson sisters have a long rap sheet including forgery, possession of counterfeit merchandise, and property theft. They head to court Thursday to face new charges of forgery-counterfeiting, identity theft trafficking, auto theft, and auto burglary.

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