By assigning directed patrols to the Route 114 shopping corridor, “we’re right there” when store employees catch or pursue a shoplifter, he said. North Andover police began increasing their vigilance in the area a few years ago.
“Last year, we made our first arrest (on Black Friday) at 2:30 a.m.,” he said.
The stepped-up police presence acts as a “visible deterrent,” Gray said.
The lieutenant did not have any details on what the alleged shoplifters stole. Kohl’s management could not be reached for comment last night.