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New Hampshire

December 5, 2012

Shoplifting suspect had horror films, machete in cart

SALEM — Walmart advertises it has “low prices every day on everything.”

But even those low prices apparently weren’t low enough for Sara Rivera, 28, of Haverhill.

Police said Rivera loaded up a shopping cart with items at the 24-hour store early yesterday, but didn’t pay for any of them before she headed to the parking lot.

Her shopping list was an unusual one: a machete, horror movies, perfume, lotion, clothing.

“She had a large quantity of items,” Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday. “She had a full cart and walked out.”

The value of the goods Rivera is charged with stealing was about $1,000.

Police were called to the store at 326 North Broadway at 1:30 a.m. yesterday. Store loss prevention officers had followed Rivera into the parking lot.

There, police said, she swallowed a handful of pills, then produced an air horn, which she blew constantly.

That’s what police and fire rescue personnel found when they arrived at the store, he said.

“She was standing with her arms out wide, just laying on the air horn,” Patten said.

Rivera was “very combative” with police, he said, and threatened to shoot them with a Taser. Rivera did, indeed, have a Taser tucked into the waistband of her pants, he said.

She told rescue personnel she had taken 10 to 15 Xanax. She was treated at the scene, taken to the police station for processing, then taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry to be sure she was medically OK before being taken to the county jail, Patten said.

Rivera was to be arraigned in 10th Circuit Court on a single charge of willful concealment. Patten said yesterday he anticipated more charges against her, possibly including criminal threatening and resisting arrest.

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