Macy's theft case dropped; woman said false arrest

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

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

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

Prosecutors didn't give their reasons. Khalid's lawyer, Douglas Wigdor, says a security guard gave a misleading account of the Pakistani immigrant's Oct. 26 store visit.

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

Wigdor says she planned to buy them in another department.

Macy's hasn't immediately commented.

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