Lexington, SC (WLTX) - A 70-year-old woman was taken into custody by Lexington police in connection to a felony stolen goods investigation.

Maria Lim Smith is accused of re-selling stolen goods at the US #1 Flea Market in Lexington County, along with other buyers around South Carolina. Police say Smith is known to buy stolen goods from shoplifters, paying them with a small percentage of the retail value.

Smith's arrest was the result of an investigation that last several weeks. During the investigation, about $5,000 worth of controlled sales of merchandise were presented to Smith by confidential informants. Then, over $15,000 worth of stolen goods, mostly over-the-counter medications and personal hygiene items, were recovered at the flea market, as well as Smith's residence and vehicle.

Lexington Police

The Lexington Police Department, along with the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team, worked with corporate asset protection investigators to provide the merchandise during the investigation.

Smith was booked at the Lexington County Detention Center, and given a personal recognizance bond on a charge of purchasing stolen goods from an agent of law enforcement, value greater than $2,000 but less than $10,000.

This case was part of an investigation into string of shoplifting cases in Lexington that began in early August, which brought about several suspects accused of shoplifting about $3,000-5,000 worth of over-the-counter medications and other merchandise to support a dependency on heroin.