By Paul Tennant
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Police arrested an alleged shoplifter Sunday afternoon who had seven outstanding arrest warrants against him.
An employee of Kohl’s Department Store, 360 Winthrop Ave., called police at 4:53 p.m. to report a loss prevention officer was about to catch a shoplifter. The store called back a few minutes later, however, to say the suspect had escaped capture and ran into the nearby Market Basket.
After Kohl’s gave police a description of the suspect, Sgt. Daniel Crevier went to Market Basket and arrested David Rivera, 32, of 44 Third St., Lowell, without incident. In addition to the shoplifting charge, Rivera has outstanding warrants for drug violation near a school, registration plate violation, possession of a Class A drug, driving an uninsured vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle, unlicensed operation and assault and battery, according to the police log.
Rivera, also known as Jose Morales, according to police, was held until his arraignment in Lawrence District Court yesterday. Lt. Charles Gray, spokesman for the Police Department, explained that when officers capture alleged shoplifters, they always check for outstanding warrants.
“We take this very seriously,” Gray said.
Rivera’s arrest was one of three shoplifting incidents reported at Kohl’s during the weekend. Police issued a summons against another alleged shoplifter at 3:46 p.m. Saturday.
The store reported yet another larceny at 1:09 p.m. Sunday.