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Mall Security Officer Stops Sophisticated Shoplifter

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Linda Finarelli
The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

(WillowGroveParkMall.com)

Some keen observation by a Willow Grove Park mall security officer ended with the arrest Friday of a New York man who allegedly shoplifted $4,000 worth of items from at least five stores at the mall.

Carlos Hernandez, 32, of the 8300 block of 31st Avenue, New York, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and charged with criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument of crime and a credit card violation, according to Abington Deputy Chief John Livingood.

A security officer observed Hernandez walking in the mall with a Disney bag and started following him, as the Disney store no longer exists at the mall, Livingood said. Hernandez was observed going to a maroon minivan parked in the mall lot and police officers called to check found him hiding in the back of the minivan with what police call a “booster bag” — a bag lined with foil to defeat security measures — in plain view, he said.

Inside the bag, police found more than $4,000 worth of stolen property from the Limited, Victoria’s Secret, Caché, American Eagle and Gap, Livingood said. Hernandez claimed he had a female accomplice, but provided no information on her and no one else was taken into custody, he said.

Republished with the permission of The Public Spirit/Globe Times Chronicle

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