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August 31, 2013

Police: Organized retail thieves hit mall stores

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“It’s safe to say she’s not using everything she’s stealing,” he said. “It’s safe to say there are other people involved.”

It’s not unusual for thieves to use trash bags or large pocketbooks to fill with merchandise, he said. Some people go so far as to line trash bags with duct tape and aluminum foil in an effort to circumvent a store’s security system, he said.

While Salem, N.H., has seen an increase in thefts, Patten said, organized retail theft is not uncommon.

“In 100 percent of the cases, the dollar amount and the number of items taken is large,” Patten said. “It’s big hits, big scores each time.”

Anyone with information on any of these suspects is asked to call police at 603-893-1911 or the Southern N.H. Crimeline at 603-893-6600.

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