By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Police arrested two men and two women and charged them with stealing merchandise from Kohl's Department Store and Market Basket in separate incidents during the last few days.
Police chased a man who fled Kohl's after allegedly stealing several items from Kohl's late Friday morning. One of the Police Department's newest officers, Fredy Almanzar-Thomas, caught the suspect near Lee Chen's restaurant on Route 114, a few hundred yards away from Kohl's, according to Lt. Charles Gray.
Vincente Nunez, 46, of 64 Manchester St., Lawrence, was charged with larceny over $250. Gray pointed out that police Chief Paul Gallagher is "adamant" that suspects accused of stealing goods valued at more than $250 be charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
David Martinez, 22, of 67 Cross St., Lawrence, was arrested a few minutes before 10 a.m. Thursday after Market Basket reported having a shoplifter in custody. Officer Daniel Quinlan charged Martinez with shoplifting. In addition to that charge, Martinez was also arrested on seven outstanding warrants, police said.
Kohl's was struck again by a shoplifter Saturday afternoon, according to the police log. Officers encountered the suspect near a silver Mercedes in the parking lot of the North Andover Mall, police said. Nicole Pereira, 20, of 42 Trues Parkway, Sandown, N.H., was arrested and charged with shoplifting and possession of a Class A drug.
The incident, reported at 3:28 p.m., drew a response from Gray, Detective Daniel Cronin and Officers Patrick Beirne, Jarrad Lawlor and Jay Corr.
Police were alerted to an "uncooperative" shoplifter at Market Basket at 4:57 p.m. Sunday. Colleen DiNuccio, 47, of 4 Oak Terrace, Georgetown, was arrested and charged with shoplifting and disorderly conduct.
Both Market Basket and Kohl's are in the North Andover Mall, which is close to the Lawrence city line.