EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 17, 2013

Woman allegedly stole electronics from Target

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — Police say a woman walked out of the Target store in Haverhill with over $1,000 in electronics items she didn’t pay for, including an Xbox One game system valued at $500.

They said store surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect, as well as images of her vehicle. Police said the woman was able to get away even though the store’s security system began flashing as she hurriedly walked out the doors.

Patrolman Kevin Portnoy was called to the Target store in Haverhill last Thursday on a report of shoplifting that had occurred a few days previously. A store security worker told Portnoy there was a delay in reporting the thefts as he was out for a few days.

The worker told Portnoy he was able to capture video surveillance of a woman shoplifting multiple high-end electronics items from the store. The worker said the thefts occurred on Dec. 9 between 4:05 and 5:35 p.m.

Police said the video showed the woman removing items from store shelves and placing them in a shopping cart occupied by a small child in the cart’s child safety seat, then leaving the store.

The woman is alleged to have stolen the following items: Two Xbox 360 hard drives, one Sonos Play 1 wireless Hi-Fi speaker system, one WII mini game system and one Xbox One game system, all with a total value of $1,095.

According to Portnoy’s report, the video shows the woman selecting various electronics items and placing them in her shopping cart. Some of the items were securely attached to the shelves and the suspect can be seen twisting the “spider wrap” security device until it breaks free from the locking peg hook they were attached to and placing the items into her cart, Portnoy wrote in his report.

Police were also provided with still photos of the suspect’s motor vehicle, which police identified as a silver Toyota RAV4.

The store security worker told police that although it wasn’t captured on camera, the suspect entered the store’s dressing rooms and removed most of the security tags on the devices.

“While viewing the video surveillance, you can clearly see as the suspect leaves the store,” Portnoy wrote in his report. “She triggers the alarm system, which begins flashing, and exits the store quickly.”

The store employee told police he had never seen the suspect in the Haverhill Target store before.