BERKELEY -- A San Pablo woman has been arrested in connection with a heist of $19,000 in makeup products from a Fourth Street store, according to court papers.

Surveillance footage of the Nov. 19 burglary at a MAC Cosmetics store at 1850 Fourth St. in Berkeley led authorities to arrest Kristen Hale, 32, one week later.

The footage shows a Honda registered to Hale driving into the parking lot before a rock was used to smash the front door and steal the $19,000 in merchandise, according to court records.

Boxes of makeup were later found during an authorized search of Hale's San Pablo home on Nov. 26. A day planner with more than 100 identity theft profiles with names, birth dates, driver's license numbers and Social Security cards was found in the home as well as items stolen in car and residential burglaries and one gram of methamphetamine, according to court records.

Hale's young daughter, who told police she was allowed to pick out some makeup for herself, was home during the police raid, authorities said.

In a police interview, Hale denied involvement in the burglary and said she often loans her car to other people but did not remember who used the car the morning of the heist. She did, however, admit to possessing the stolen merchandise and owning the day planner, Berkeley police Detective Glenn Pon wrote in a probable cause statement.

Alameda County prosecutors have charged Hale with receiving stolen property, identity theft and possession of a controlled substance.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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