Former Rose Princess linked to shoplifting spree

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Mercedes Raisa White Calf was crowned a Rose Festival princess for Jefferson High School in 2007.

By KVAL Web Staff

EUGENE, Ore. -- Police cited a former Rose Festival princess from Portland after connecting her with thousands of dollars of stolen goods from an apparent shoplifting spree.

Mercedes Raisa White Calf, 19, of Portland, was cited by Eugene police responding to a report of shoplifting at a Fifth Street Market boutique on Sunday, police said.

White Calf was Jefferson High School's 2007 Rose Festival princess.

Police located White Calf and two younger teenage girls at the Buffalo Exchange, a secondhand clothing store across the street from the Fifth Street Market, police said.

Officers seized hundreds of stolen items — mostly clothing, jewelry, perfume, makeup and other personal care items — from the young women and from the trunk of an associated red Lexus parked in the store’s parking lot, police said.

The items, apparently stolen mostly from stores at Valley River Center mall and Fifth Street Public Market, ranged in value from socks and panties to expensive jeans and perfumes, according to police.

The total value was under $10,000, police said.

Police cited White Calf and two 16-year-old girls for first-degree theft. Police believe they can prove the two teens stole items from the stores and that White Calf was knowingly in possession of stolen goods.

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