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March 28, 2014

Victoria's Secret sees another major theft

PEABODY — Victoria’s Secret at Northshore Mall suffered a major shoplifting loss Wednesday evening after someone cleared shelves of merchandise worth $3,000, according to the police log.

Police received the report at 7:05 p.m. from the store manager, who learned about the theft from an employee.

The store at 210V Andover St. has been hit several times within the past year. Peabody Detective Mike Crane said that without witnesses — and apparently, surveillance footage — there is no way to know if this incident is related to past shoplifting incidents there.

A store employee was alerted to the theft by a customer after three shelves were cleared of merchandise. Crane said the only description officers received was of a heavy-set woman with dark hair.

In December, three months after police arrested a Lawrence woman in connection to a string of large thefts from this same Victoria’s Secret store, someone stole more than $2,600 in bras from the store. Last year, the store was reportedly struck 10 times since April.

Shoplifters target items like lingerie because they are expensive and easy to sell and trade, Crane said. Often, such thefts are related to drug activity, he added.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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